Magazine article Policy & Practice

Administration's Eight Guiding Principles for Health Reform

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Administration's Eight Guiding Principles for Health Reform

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On March 10, the Senate Finance Committee heard from Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, on the health care proposals in the president's FY 2010 budget. Orszag explained that he would not be providing information about the benefits or coverage aspects but he did outline the administration's guiding principles for health reform.

1. Protect Families' Financial Health. The plan must reduce the growing premiums and other costs American citizens and businesses pay for health care. People must be protected from bank ruptcy due to catastrophic illness.

2. Ensure Affordable, Quality Health Coverage for All Americans. The plan must put the United States on a clear path to cover all Americans. The plan must reduce high administrative costs, unnecessary tests and services, waste, and other inefficiencies that consume money with no added health benefits.

3. Provide Portability of Coverage. People should not be locked into their job just to secure health coverage.

4. Guarantee Choice of Doctors. The plan should provide Americans with a choice of health plans and physicians. …

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