Make the (health care) consumer king | Rand Paul

Getting people into group insurance, via business or other affinity groups, is absolutely key. We are fortunate that Senator Paul is bringing this issue (and others) to the fore.

(From The Courier-Journal)

Now, make no mistake, healthcare was broken before Obamacare, but Obamacare accelerated the decline and increased prices at alarming rates.

I am in favor of repeal and I’ve been fighting for it since I was elected. Obamacare cost too much, mandated too much, told the states what to do too much – and still left 27 million people uninsured.

We can and must do better.

There are many facets to healthcare reform, but today I want to address one that is not getting enough attention as part of a fix – Association Health Plans.

Currently, under the law, certain types of employer groups may band together to offer insurance to their members and employees, thus allowing them to have a larger group and more leverage to get protections against pre-existing conditions and high prices.

But the current association rules are strict and the hoops that people have to jump through to join them and comply with regulations are still too steep. Additionally, not enough groups and individuals are even eligible to form or join these plans.

 On Thursday in Kentucky, I will have a discussion with members of many groups who could become leaders in offering group insurance to their members, and to individuals.

From the chambers of commerce to credit unions, the farm bureaus to fast food franchisees, there are millions of Kentuckians who could be eligible to join such groups if we change the laws and regulations as part of the Obamacare repeal debate.

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