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Cruz, Meadows: Three Criteria for Health Reform

By  |  March 16, 2017, 05:16pm  |  @AReasoningFaith

Fresh off his comments about the GOP’s AHCA bill at the FreedomWorks rally and his Politico contribution on how to repeal Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz has partnered with North Carolina representative Mark Meadows to pen Three Criteria for Health Reform for The Wall Street Journal. For those without a subscription, the piece can also be found at Meadows’ site here.

The work is built around a three-part framework.

“After years of talk, we know that the Republican repeal-and-replace effort will soon be judged by three criteria: Does it make health care more affordable? Does it give consumers more choices? Does it provide Americans more control over their families’ health care?”

From there three basic goals are outlined:  lowering premiums, offering low-income tax credits, and freezing then phasing out the expansion of Medicaid.

It’s a piece that really must be read to get the point – but highlights include using reconciliation to rescind the Obamacare purchase mandate, expansion of health savings accounts, allowing purchase across state lines, block-granting Medicaid funds and establishing work requirements for healthy Medicaid recipients.

It is a common-sense method for achieving sound reform in healthcare, but as Cruz and Meadows point out, there is only one way it will happen.

“ … there’s a path forward—if the administration and Republicans from across the political spectrum can put aside past differences to find consensus.”

As we know all too well, that’s a tall order, but as Cruz has proven before, even the highest of goals can be reached.

Here’s hoping this one is, for all our sakes.