In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in the United States. The ACA resulted in millions of Americans receiving health insurance for the first time and brought major change to the health care landscape. Today, nearly 26 million more Americans have access to health care through the individual Marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid since the law was established.
Health care is a right, not a privilege. Americans deserve affordable access to health coverage, no matter the age, income, or health status. That’s why our path to achieving a more balanced, sustainable health care system should not be political. Now is the time for a public, private partnership.
To achieve a more sustainable health care system we must:
While opportunities exist to improve Medicaid, Medicare, and the employer market, it is primarily the individual market that is broken and in critical need of significant changes.
The cost of health care remains the top concern for most Americans. Instead of creating a new unproven system from scratch, policymakers, insurers, providers, hospitals, business, and communities should focus on solutions that lower costs for everyone. This means addressing the cost of chronic diseases, lowering prescription drug prices, and harnessing technology to better address health needs.
Americans are best served by a competitive, private health insurance market that offers quality and choice that individuals deserve, at a price they can afford.
This can be done through:
The American system is a global leader in health care innovation and has some of the world’s best hospitals and treatments.
People in the U.S. have more personal choice than anywhere else in the world when it comes to health insurance. But 28 million Americans continue to be left without access to the system.
In order to move forward, we need to come together and put aside our differences to find solutions that provide predictability and certainty for consumers.
We should not give up on what’s good about the American health care system. But we must be committed to working with partners throughout the health care industry to make sure everyone has access to quality, affordable care.
Moving forward, we have to fundamentally change how health care is delivered to improve quality, efficiency, cost, and outcomes. Independence is already taking steps needed to move forward by:
We are accelerating health care in southeastern Pennsylvania by collaborating with area health systems and physician groups in new and innovative ways.