Romney Advisor Offers Views on Healthcare Policy

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , June 13, 2012

CMS's formal rules process makes "it very difficult to quickly innovate, Leavitt suggested. If you're going to get from a go-cart to a race car, you're going to go through a lot of iterations. You have to be able to experiment, refine, and figure out the different ways to do it."

Like the airline industry, Leavitt suggested that the healthcare industry needs an environment where it can balance competition with its need to cooperate and form networks. "There are barriers right now. We need to sort through the anti-trust burdens. It needs to be done before something breaks."

As for his support of health insurance exchanges, Leavitt noted that they will help increase small group and individual purchasing power in the health insurance market but "I passionately believe they [HIEs] should be market-oriented not active purchasers."

Instead of the federal subsidies and the mandated benefits of the Affordable Care Act, Leavitt sees employers shifting from the defined benefit health insurance model to defined contributions where the exchanges would be portals where employees could shop for their own benefit coverage.

"We need to be less prescriptive and more empowering," said Leavitt.

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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2 comments on "Romney Advisor Offers Views on Healthcare Policy"

Todd (6/13/2012 at 4:40 PM)
CMS would do well to innovate by allowing Medicare to pay for out-of-country care by incenting international medical tourism. Why not? US hospitals are already losing money on Medicare anyway.

Karl S Davidson (6/13/2012 at 1:57 PM)
Health reform become"??..really. Health reform has been the initial beginning point for economic reform since day one, no thanks to the Republicans. Accounting for more than a third of our economy, it consumes needed capital from every other segment of (private and public) our whole economy. Health Reform barely got done. The "bid'nes" community and career politicians have clearly established themselves as incompetent and hopelessly lost as far as developing any humane program meant to serve the people on a personal level. We don't have a 200 mph race car, but did have a go-cart. The only ones working on it were Republicans and several stray "bluedogs". It's still a sad day, as the key professionals that should be reforming Health Care have been excluded and even prevented from being active in any role; by simple greed and corruption of both parties. AND, yes, I am a rocket scientist, and a Health Care Consultant.




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