Health Care, Not Obamacare
Gayle believes that we must transform our current healthcare system into a 21st century system that empowers and incentivizes individuals, improves outcomes, increases access and decreases costs.
Healthcare costs have grown from 14 % of our economy to over 21 % as “baby boomers” enter the Medicare system and as technology continues to grow. “Obamacare” is NOT the answer. In fact, the cost of health insurance for many Floridians has increased since it was passed by Congress.
Gayle believes that we must create an intelligent 21st century system healthcare system by putting the patient in control of his/her healthcare.
True Healthcare Reform must:
- Focus on wellness, early detection, and prevention.
- Provide financial incentives and appropriate information about cost, quality, and choices to patients to empower them to make smart decisions.
- Incentivize electronic health records and 21st century health information technology, which are a significant part of the solution to reducing costs and improving outcomes.
- Mandate Tort reform. It would be the single greatest cost saver to our health care system.
- Address fraud in the system at both the state and federal level.
- Enable the purchase of healthcare insurance across state borders. This would provide competition in the market place. This single law would open the health care insurance market up to hundreds of competitors and decrease the cost of health care insurance.
- Change tax laws to allow individuals to write off the expense of their payments for health care insurance on their federal taxes just like businesses do now.
- Adequately fund Health Departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers to enable the availability to be open nights and weekends to care for uninsured citizens, thereby reducing Emergency Department costs.
“Obamacare” plans to cut almost 800 Billion dollars from the Medicare budget while adding approximately 77 million baby-
boomers to the Medicare rolls. This cannot be done without cutting services to the Medicare patients. In fact, many seniors in Florida who use Medicare Advantage plans are already experiencing increases in premiums and decreases in coverage.
The decrease of the amount of money an individual can put into a Medical Savings Account from $5,000 to $ 2,500 essentially makes these accounts non-functional. Medical Savings Accounts are the only plans that puts the patient back in control of their own health care.