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Rep. Broun: Obamacare Already Harming Economy

Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 06:45 PM

By Bill Hoffmann


Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia lawmaker and doctor, says his new bill — the Patient Option Act — could successfully replace Obamacare with a thriving patient-centered, market-based healthcare system.

"We’ve got to get rid of Obamacare because it's already harming our economy," Broun told Dom Giordano, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"It's going to break budgets from family budgets all the way to the federal budget. It's going to destroy the doctor-patient relationship. It's going to harm the quality of healthcare."

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Broun said his Patient Option Act, which he has introduced in Congress, would repeal Obamacare and make healthcare affordable for everybody.

"It provides coverage for all Americans, and still saves Medicare from going broke. It does this in a patient-centered, market-based healthcare plan … in 77 pages," he said.

The Patient Option Act, according to Broun, differs from Obamacare in that it doesn't deal with healthcare like a commodity.

"Health insurance is something that people purchase and they go and purchase health services from providers across the country," he said.

"What this will do is make healthcare expenses, including insurance, 100 percent tax deductible for everybody … It will allow people to own and control [their own] health savings accounts.

"It moves Medicare to a flexible premium assistant program and establishes Medicare health savings accounts that again patients own and control."

He said his plan will allow people to have health insurance anywhere in the country and let them shop for it in any state.

"People will have a whole smorgasbord of health insurance options where they can buy what's right for their family," he said.

"It creates a tax credit for donations for individuals when they give money to a free health clinic."

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