Brase dings 'government control' in Trump plan

Friday, March 4, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

hospital surgeryA main criticism of Donald Trump's campaign is that it seems to be big on bluster and bombast, and light on detail, but now there are ideas for healthcare.

Trump has now released a health care plan. The seven-point plan calls for a repeal of ObamaCare and the individual mandate, sale of insurance across state lines, and a tax deduction for health insurance premiums.

Linda Gorman of the Independence Institute says the tax deduction idea is the strongest point in the Trump plan, which she calls a "genius" idea.

"If I buy an individual plan I have to buy it with after-tax dollars," she explains, "but if I get my plan through my employer I can buy it with pre-tax dollars."

Point four calls for use of health savings accounts – something already in effect now.

Point five would be price transparency from healthcare providers, which Gorman says is the weak point of Trump's plan and a "really, really, really bad idea" to suggest.

"Price transparency will come naturally if you free the market," she predicts, "but as soon as you require price transparency, that means that the government gets to tell you what that price transparency is."

Six is a call for bock grants for Medicaid, while point seven would ease FDA drug controls, moving new and cheaper drugs to the market sooner.

Twila Brase of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom says she's very concerned about the language Trump uses in that point. The pharmaceutical industry is in the "private sector," she says, quoting from the plan, but those drug companies "provide a public service."

"This line in particular really shows a propensity towards government control of any company that does anything that suits the public's interest," she warns.

That betrays Trump's true motives, she says, and his free-market conservatism.

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