Affordable Health Care

The rising cost of health care is a significant factor in the ability of businesses to compete in the world marketplace and attract the best workforce.  Cost containment efforts should be focused on engaging consumers in making healthy lifestyle decisions and smart health care purchasing decisions, giving them the cost and quality information they need to make these decisions, allowing small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance, reducing inappropriate treatment, improving clinical quality and quality of outcomes, increasing benefit flexibility and choices, minimizing cost shifting, reforming medical malpractice liability, offering workplace wellness tax credits and other employer incentives, expanding the use of health information technology and making health plans more affordable and available for those without employer coverage.  We oppose government-sponsored universal or single-payer health plans, and we oppose mandated health insurance benefits and coverage mandates because they increase the cost of insurance.

  • State
    • Limit expansion of Badger Care and reform it to provide recipients with medical savings accounts and require participation in health evaluations and wellness programs; similarly, establish consumer-driven health care programs for public employees
    • Make sure the state health insurance exchange supports these health care reform principles
  • Federal
    • Repeal provisions of the Affordable Care Act that do not conform with these principles
    • Permit small business health insurance buying pools that are exempt from state mandates
    • Reform medical malpractice liability to limit legal fees and cap non-economic and punitive damages
    • Reduce Medicare and medical assistance reimbursement shortfalls in order to limit cost shifting; support reimbursement models that reward quality and efficiency