We urge passage of health care reform which results in more affordable healthcare through amarket-based, competitive, open and transparent health care system, including tort reform, interstate competition and genuine accountability and oversight, where American’s families chose their own doctor and health care plans. We support private sector initiatives to improve the portability, quality and affordability of healthcare. We support reducing the number of mandated benefits that insurers are required to cover in order to empower consumers to choose which benefits they need. We encourage immediate expansion of medical savings accounts. We recommend that the State of Texas make available to all citizens through the Internet, the exact price paid for specific health care items covered by Medicaid and paid for by the Texas taxpayer.
Any new health care reform must protect taxpayers from compulsory funding of abortion. Those who are unlawfully present in the United States should not receive expanded health care benefits. We oppose any legislation that adds to the national debt, promotes political favoritism, imposes any government control over our health care, increases government mandates or price controls, or creates new government programs. To eliminate much of the bureaucracy in today’s burdensome Medicaid system, we support reallocating the majority of Medicaid spending into simple vouchers for lower income individuals to purchase their own insurance.