Ed Feulner

Instead, they could enroll in a private plan of their own choosing, just as the rest of society does. They’d be able to get the kind of coverage they want, not the kind the government wants them to have. And under the Heritage plan, low-income individuals would receive the financial assistance they need to buy health coverage as well.

Restructure Medicaid. We need to turn Medicaid into a true safety-net program, not the catch-all, patchwork one we have today, where you need a new “part” every few years to work around flaws in the system. The Heritage plan would convert federal spending on acute and long-term care into a capped allotment to the state for the disabled and elderly.

States, meanwhile, would get the flexibility they need to administer the reformed program as they see fit. Rather than be micro-managed, they could meet federal objectives in whatever manner works best for them.

Unless we take the kind of steps outlined above, and encourage true market-based reforms, the prognosis for American health care will remain negative. We need a real market, one in which you and your family can find, buy and keep the health coverage you want. Obamacare doesn’t offer that. The Heritage plan does.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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