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Support needed for Patient OPTION Act

Posted: March 28, 2012 - 12:03am

Editor:

This past week, I introduced H.R. 4224, the Patient OPTION Act. It’s a comprehensive healthcare overhaul bill that lays the foundation for affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans.

We’re getting great feedback on it so far. In fact, the conservative group Freedom Works has endorsed my OPTION Act – calling it the best healthcare bill yet.

Let me tell you about a few important reforms that my OPTION Act would set into motion and how they would directly affect you. First of all, it would completely repeal Obamacare. That means no more worries about higher premiums, the rationing of care or forceful mandates.

Next, my OPTION Act would allow you to deduct all of your healthcare expenses – including insurance – from your tax return. This would instantly allow millions of Americans to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars.

The OPTION Act would reform Health Savings Accounts so that you or your employer can deposit higher amounts of your paychecks into these accounts. That money is then yours to keep permanently, and you can do whatever you please with it.

Additionally, you would be able to look across state lines for the most competitive prices when purchasing health insurance.

Moreover, if you are out of work or if your employer doesn’t provide health insurance, my OPTION Act would allow groups to form associations that could bargain for low prices and then provide coverage for its members.

And perhaps most notably, my OPTION Act saves Medicare by transforming it into a more flexible premium assistance program.

These are the kinds of reform that Americans have been telling me that they want and need, and as a doctor I can tell you that the OPTION Act is truly the best prescription for our healthcare system. In just 51 pages, my bill gets rid of all of the threats of Obamacare, totally revamps American healthcare financing, and saves our Medicare program.

Please urge everyone you know to voice their support for the OPTION Act, and I will keep you posted on our progress here in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D.

Athens

(Republican Paul Broun represents Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.)

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