Rep. Paul Broun to Newsmax: ‘Pull Out Obamacare By the Roots’

Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 03:44 PM

By John Bachman

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Rep. Paul Broun says a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows why Congress needs to “pull out Obamacare by the roots.”

The Republican congressman also weighed in on Super Tuesday, which includes a primary in his home state of Georgia, and said the race “could go all the way to the convention.”

A CBO inquiry recently concluded it would cost $111 billion above previous estimates to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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“Everything that the president has promised us has failed,” Broun told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

Broun, a medical doctor, said he soon plans to reintroduce a bill in the House of Representatives that he calls the “Patient Option Act.”

“I’m a family practice doctor, so I’ve been involved in these healthcare issues as well as the financial side of healthcare,” Broun said.

When asked about the specifics of his healthcare reform bill, Broun explained: “It will allow people to buy healthcare across state lines. It would allow people to join associations so they would have huge pools [groups of members] across this country. It would literally lower the cost of healthcare for everyone in this country and give people the kind of insurance structure that fits their families the best.”

Broun said his bill also “would allow everyone to deduct the cost of all healthcare expenses, including insurance premiums. It would encourage the states to set up high-risk pools. It reforms Medicare by establishing Medicare health savings accounts that the patient owns and controls. It allows for premium assistance to pay for catastrophic care on top of their healthcare savings account.

“It puts in place a market based system that is patient-centered so that patients and their doctors make all healthcare decisions. They are not made up here in Washington, D.C.,” Broun said.

“I’ve got a colleague who was forced to discharge a patient and they died because some federal bureaucrat forced the doctor to discharge the patient. We’ve got to stop that kind of policy.”

Braun said, for healthcare reform to work, it must cut out the middlemen between patients and doctors. He pointed to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), charged with recommending Medicare policies to Congress, as one of the most dangerous devices in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“It’s going to be a rationing board. It’s going to mean that, particularly elderly patients are not going to be able to get the care that they deserve and they need because this 15-member panel, that’s going to be appointed by the president, is going to make healthcare decision for every … patient across this county.

“It’s a disaster and we’ve got to repeal it,” he added.

Broun was also asked about Mitt Romney’s 2009 Op-Ed article in USA Today. In the article, the former Massachusetts governor advised President Barack Obama to model his healthcare legislation after the law Romney crafted in his state. It included a government mandate and penalties for people who don’t buy insurance.

Broun responded by saying that Romney’s words from 2009 are not as important as what the presidential candidate has been saying recently — that he would sign a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As for the rest of the GOP candidates and his thoughts on Super Tuesday, Broun said the race is far from over: “If you look at the polls, Newt’s going to win Georgia … but I think all four of the candidates are going to go as long as it takes until somebody gets the nomination, enough delegates. How long that’s going to be, that remains to be seen. It could last until early summer. It could go all the way to the convention in August.”

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