Dr. Monica Wehby has alternative to Obamacare

Dr Monica Wehby_thb

Dr. Monica Wehby for U. S. Senate

Portland, Oregon: Today, Dr. Monica Wehby is unveiling her plan to put the American health care system back into the hands of the patient. Even after President Obama apologized for his misleading statements on the Affordable Care Act, Senator Merkley has still not taken down the statement, “If you like your health insurance you can keep it” from his website. Furthermore, he has not provided any substantive proposals on how to make good on that promise.

Oregon needs a Senator experienced in healthcare to clean up the ACA mess. A Senator who will be open and transparent in the process of reforming the healthcare system to meet our common goals. A Senator who knows that local answers and innovations are essential elements of the solution, not a Federal bureaucracy accountable to no one which will dictate how you get your healthcare and what you pay for it. Dr. Monica Wehby is that Senator.

“The strategy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to force Americans to overpay for coverage requirements they don’t need or want, pay hidden taxes, pay penalties, and comply with government mandates to support a huge new federal entitlement program.  I think we need a patient centered approach, not a central planning, top down, one-size-fits all approach.  This is my plan to start putting our health system back on track.”  

-Dr. Monica Wehby

From Dr. Monica Wehby:

 “The Democrats need to acknowledge that the ACA is riddled with problems, delay the mandates which are forcing people into a broken system, and come back to the drawing board and work with Republicans to start implementing patient centered approaches.”

“Working with the brightest minds in medicine, business, and technology, we must assemble a first class and bi-partisan implementation team that ensures access to affordable care for all citizens, with market-based reforms that will spur efficiency in the delivery system and put healthcare decisions and accountability firmly in the hands of individuals and their doctors.”

“Oddly, the only two physicians in the U.S. Senate were excluded from the development of the ACA. It’s time for the Democrats to come back to the drawing board and work with Republicans who actually know how to improve our country’s health care system. We need to come together to fix this now before the damage of the ACA’s deficiencies become irreparable.”

Monica’s Fixes

  1. Allow the exchanges to sell less expensive catastrophic plans that cover major expenses but not routine care.
  2. Expand Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, which allow people to save money tax-free for use on out-of pocket expenses
  3. Allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines to increase the number of options in the marketplace
  4. Allow EVERYONE to purchase health insurance with pre-tax dollars so they own the policy and can keep it if they change jobs.
  5. Eliminate the new 2.3% excise tax on medical devices (pacemakers, MRIs, US machines, braces) to preserve medical innovation and help American manufacturing.
  6. Establish state-based high risk pools to help pay for those with high cost medical care.
  7. Use tax credits, rather than mandates, to expand healthcare coverage.

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  • Jack Lord God

    Just heard her interviewed on Lars Larson. Sounds very common sense, thoughtful and likely would have had the brains not to vote for the mess that is the ACA. Unfortunately that means Merkley is a lock in 2014.

    • DavidAppell

      Merkley is a lock no matter who runs against him. He is smart, and, when I saw him speak in Portland on climate change in August, very cognizant of a lot of the details — more so than any politician I’ve ever followed.

      I can’t see him being defeated next year no matter who runs against him.

      • .

        Malarkey is his own wurst enemy and this sausage tuber should be verboorted out of the US Senate and sent PACing to a Chicago rendering haus for paring with the dour kraut political regime incumbent there.

        • DavidAppell

          What is wrong with you? You write gibberish, and haven’t posted a meaningful comment in months….

          • Francis Pettygrove

            Talking to yourself again, David?

  • Bob Clark

    I like the idea of reforming the health exchanges to offer insurance and health care across state lines, eliminating mandates, and allowing some portion of pre tax dollars. A national board of doctors and randomly selected enlightened individual citizens could look over the insurance plans to guard against fraudulent insurer claims; much as the drug industry looks over new drug applications (FDA, albeit far from perfect). The GOP should say we are fixing the systemic problems with the Affordable Care Act, and so, the president has an out to save face (an offer he refuses at his own loss of legacy).
    This would free us from the dreaded centrally planned government owned Oregon Health program, including Cover Oregon (with communism). Lars is calling Cover Oregon, “Bury Oregon.” Kitzhaber and his Oregon Health Plan are dismal, as already discovered with the electronic sign-up metric; but now we find even California is delaying sign up and cancelations until March 31, 2014 while Oregon’s Dem leaders act like sticks in the mud like captains on the Titanic.

    • DavidAppell

      Selling insurance across state lines would lead to a disaster — it would mean that all regulations, mandates, and coverage requirements would be set by whichever legislature is the most bribeable, the most in bed with the industry.

      It would mean that you’d have no recourse to alter your own state’s rules, via your own state legislature — you’d just have to accept whatever Delaware or North Dakota politicians decided should be the rules

      That is not what smaller, more local government is all about. So it’s surprising to see a self-identified conservative supporting it.

      • .

        Boo, Alger Hiss BoomBox you sic head!
        Mightily you to take a trip over Niagara Falls and take a flailed attempt to propagandize your left wing sways. Appellhead.

    • KathiMR

      Big problem w offering Insurance across state lines–insurance is currently mostly regulated by the states, including licensing of agents & admitting co’s to offer policies in the state.

      While it seems that many states are moving to more uniform standards through the NAIC-National Assoc of Insurance Commissioners–there are still differences among states. NY is very different being very highly regulated. CA also has their own different rules.

      While ins agents can get licensed in more than 1 state & many, especially in areas like Portland so close to WA get licensed in both, allowing buying across state lines would distrust the current system.

      It is my opinion that most of those advocating buying ins across state lines do not understand the current regulatory & licensing systems in place. Nor do the understand & appreciate the role that licensed agents can play in assisting potential clients to sort out their options.

  • redbean

    Fix #4 is very important. We need to move away from reliance on employer-sponsored insurance, which will help solve the portability issues. Your employer gets a tax credit for offering you a group plan and the insurance company gets a fixed pool of customers in the group. Let individuals have the same tax credit that employers get.

    I heard Dr. Wehby speak on Mark Anderson’s show and she’s got my vote. I hope more M.D.’s will be elected in 2014 to balance out the lawyers.

  • DavidAppell

    Regarding #1… will Dr. Wehby please address the following reality?

    “…an estimated three-quarters of people who are pushed into personal bankruptcy by medical problems actually had insurance when they got sick or were injured.”
    – New York Times, 6/30/09 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/business/01meddebt.html

    NerdWallet estimates nearly 10 million adults with year-round health-insurance coverage will still accumulate medical bills that they can’t pay off this year.
    – CNBC, 6/25/13 http://www.cnbc.com/id/100840148

    Underinsured people cost everyone money.

    • .

      David Appell is a fetid socialist with a cause…to aid and abet a new world order that’s been tried and rejected before.

  • Mike Folkestad

    Dr Wehby did not cover tort reform. Why not?

    • .

      ‘Twas, perhaps, too TORTuous for what’s left of US to read and comprehend, Pilgrim.

  • One other option that should be implemented: Health Subscription companies as opposed to Health Insurance companies. A Health Subscription Company would be based on a subscription rather than insurance model- with costs shared between all subscribers. For those of us who *are* less than optimally healthy, who *know* we’re going to need the care- prepaying for it.

  • JetsonG

    Just because she’s a doctor doesn’t mean she has a clue as to what’s really going on in this country. In fact, it probably means she doesn’t. She clearly knows nothing about insurance regulation to even propose what she is proposing. She may be smart as a doctor, but politically, you have to understand the current legal and regulatory structure. The fact that she wants to get into politics says she made the wrong choice of career in becoming a doctor, and wasted a spot in one of our medical schools. Her alternative sounds worse than the ACA for patients. How about getting the insurance companies out of the middle to reduce healthcare costs and go to a single payer plan to provide healthcare for all Americans for less money?

  • medartist01

    I could debate this clown.
    Give me ten minutes and any media outlet recording. I read through some of this lady’s ridiculous ‘ideas’ about health care, immigration, jobs, the ACA, regulation, the environment, and I couldn’t stop laughing. She is a typical de-regulation, tax cuts for the rich, screw the Middle Class, gimme more money, sheet on the Constitution loon.

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