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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Broun introduces health care reform alternative

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has reintroduced his solution for health care, a bill just 3 percent the size of the so-called Obamacare plan.

Broun, a doctor, spoke on the House floor about his proposed Patient OPTION (Offering Patients True Individualized Options Now) Act. The proposal would repeal the current health care law and replace it with “market-based” reform.

“The Patient OPTION Act is the solution Americans deserve and need. This bill will make healthcare cheaper for everyone, make coverage accessible for all Americans, and save Medicare from going broke,” Broun said. “It is the only health care bill that allows patients to have full control of their healthcare — even once they’re on Medicare — and fully removes government from the doctor-patient relationship. Unlike Obama’s 2,700 page regulatory nightmare, the Patient OPTION provides clear, concise, patient-centered solutions in just 77 pages.”

The proposal would make all health care expenses, including insurance, 100 percent deductible, increase contribution limits and reform Health Savings Accounts, allow businesses to band together to negotiate lower cost health plans, give doctors tax incentives to treat indigent care patients and more.

“The American people have made it clear that they want a do-over on Obamacare, however, time is running short, and we must work diligently to repeal and replace this disastrous law before it goes into full effect,” Broun said. “I urge my colleagues to immediately pass the Patient OPTION Act, so we can provide the American people with solutions that actually lower costs, deliver care and empower American families when it comes to making choices about health care.”

Broun represents the 10th District, which includes eastern Gwinnett, and he is in the hunt for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate next year.

But he isn’t the only doctor in the race, with Dr. Branko Radulovacki seeking the Democratic nomination and fellow Congressman Phil Gingrey on the GOP side.

Last week, Radulovacki made Atlanta Magazine’s “Top Doc” list for the sixth consecutive time.

Known as “Dr. Rad” to his patients, the psychiatrist is a founder of FaithWorks, a nonprofit organization that galvanizes people of faith to help those struggling with mental illness.

“I’m particularly grateful to receive ‘Top Doc’ honors because it means that my fellow physicians trust both my expertise and my commitment to quality care,” Radulovacki said in a press release.” It is a measure of the respect I’ve earned in the medical community. Unfortunately, many people must face the challenges associated with mental illness. I’m happy I can be there for them.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Comments

Why_not 1 year, 2 months ago

I have searched online and cannot find any details on his "plan." Maybe he will make it available soon for those interested in looking at it closer.

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notblind 1 year, 2 months ago

What we need is a complete reset back to a pre-ObamaCare scenario. There is only a small percentage of Americans that need real help with their healthcare costs due to pre-existing conditions. It is completely idiotic to totally disrupt the existing insurance and healthcare apparatus that is working adequately for the vast majority of Americans just to better service this small number of people. ....................................................... As for the other Americans with no insurance, far too many of them would rather spend their money on tobacco, beer and bling. These leeches cannot be reformed no matter how much travail you inflict on the rest of us.

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Why_not 1 year, 2 months ago

If a large number of people nation-wide continue to use emergency rooms as their primary care facility, healthcare will continue to skyrocket. Hospitals cannot turn these people away and very few have the means to pay those charges. These charges are then passed on in the form of higher hospital charges for everyone especially insurances companies. They in turn raise premiums to compensate. There has to be a way to address these issues. Like I said in my previous post, hopefully Broun will make this info accessible for viewing. Health insurance premiums increased more than 60% from 2000-2010....I don't see it slowing.

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kevin 1 year, 2 months ago

He's got my vote. States are already getting set to take a double-the-premium hit on 25 yr olds under Obamacare's 2,500 page fiasco. Our parents always told us never sign anything without reading the fine print. Seems the Democrats voted for this without reading it. They didn't want to miss getting on the "Obama train ride" or get left behind. I am starting to wonder if even Obama read this bill. I'd hate to think we have a so-called President that is that stupid. Simply add a Part Z to Medicare to include all those that don't want or have medical insurance. Then you would only be affecting the uninsured and not trying to transfer wealth from everyone else. That wouldn't take but maybe 30 pages of law to make that change to Medicare. This way the Feds wold be able to take control of it and thus take any blame if it fails.

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