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OBAMACARE REPEAL FAILED, BUT THERE’S HOPE:
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The Heartland Institute’s Consumers for Health Care Choices is working with allies to build a national grassroots movement in favor of consumer-driven health care. Instead of more regulations, mandates, and government entitlement programs, we support reforms that make private insurance less expensive and more portable and put patients in charge of a greater portion of their health care spending.

Waste and inefficiency are easily identified in our hospitals, government programs, and private insurance markets. We see it in the number of people who lack health insurance, the lack of price transparency in much of the health care system, the high rate of medical mistakes in hospitals, and the massive transfers of income – often from the poor and uninsured to the well-to-do and insured – that the current system generates.

A good health care system wouldn’t employ armies of gatekeepers to intrude in the relationship between doctors and patients, wouldn’t require lawsuits to ensure that victims of malpractice get adequate compensation or that incompetent providers lose their licenses, and wouldn’t require patients to wait eight to ten years for potentially life-saving drugs.

Since 2001, the consumer-driven health care movement has had a national outreach publication: Health Care News, published by The Heartland Institute. The publication provides robust and sustained investigation of the effects of government health care policies, with a primary editorial focus on the interests of consumers. By bringing scientific and economic facts to the forefront of an emotionally charged debate, Health Care News aims to provide solid, proven, research-based evidence for the best approaches to health care reform and policy at the state and national levels.

We need health care reform now

The nation’s system of private competitive health care finance and delivery is under attack by activist elected officials, advocacy groups, over-zealous regulators, and some of the biggest foundations in the United States. No plan to regulate or subsidize health care seems to be too radical or extreme not to be taken seriously by reporters and policymakers. Many of these same activists are targeting food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, and our food supply with lawsuits, regulation, and punitive taxation.

Who will stand up to defend doctors in private practice, private insurers, prescription drug manufacturers, nonprofit and investor-owned hospitals, and most importantly, health care consumers? Where are the advocates for markets and sound science in health care policy? Where is the “grassroots movement” in favor of consumer-driven health care?

Consumers for Health Care Choices at The Heartland Institute is playing a major role in the effort to build a robust national movement for consumer-driven health care. Health Care News, Consumer Power Report and our Policy Studies, Policy Briefs, and Research & Commentary collections are giving elected officials the intellectual ammunition they need to defend free-market health care reform and consumer choice.

Heartland’s highly effective communications and government relations programs ensure our ideas are reaching policymakers and an extensive network of supporters and industry leaders. Social media sites allow us to reach large new audiences, giving health care consumers a much more effective voice in the national debate.

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Title: How to Get Better Drugs, Sooner, at Lower Costs
Description: Bart Madden is the author of the book Free To Choose Medicine: Better Drugs Sooner at Lower Cost; a book that offers a compelling argument for the freedom of every patient, guided by the advice of his or her doctor, to make informed decisions about the use of not-yet-FDA-approved therapeutic drugs, that are in late stages of clinical testing. Mr. Madden is recently retired as a Managing Director of Credit Suisse/Holt after a career in money management and investment research that included the founding of Callard Madden & Associates. During his career, he developed the cash-flow return on investment (CFROI) valuation framework that is widely used today by money management firms worldwide. Mr. Madden is currently an independent researcher and a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). His research has focused on the themes of knowledge building and wealth creation being able to exist simultaneously in businesses, and these themes are represented in his various books including - Value Creation Principles: The Pragmatic Theory of the Firm Begins with Purpose and Ends with Sustainable Capitalism, Wealth Creation: A Systems Mindset for Building and Investing in Businesses for the Long Term, and Reconstructing Your Worldview: The Four Core Beliefs You Need to Solve Complex Business Problems. Mr. Madden is a proponent of the application of systems thinking to public policy, and his work in public policy has resulted in the Free To Choose Medicine (http://freetochoosemedicine.com/) plan, which was originally developed in journal articles published in Regulation, Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals, and Medical Hypotheses. Mr. Madden is passionate about the passage of a Free To Choose Medicine Act which would be a defining moment for Americans giving control of medical decisions back to individual patients and their doctors.

Staff

The Heartland Institute's experts on health care policy are available for legislative testimony, speaking engagements, and media interviews.

Justin Haskins
Editorial Director and Research Fellow
Justin Haskins is the Editorial Director and a Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute.
Matthew Glans
Former Senior Policy Analyst
Matthew Glans joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in November 2007 as legislative specialist for insurance and finance.
Michael Hamilton
Freelance writer
Michael Hamilton writes and edits for the liberty-minded clients of Good Comma Editing, LLC, a freelance writing and editing company.
Peter Ferrara
Senior Fellow
Peter Ferrara, J.D., is a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute and an advisor for entitlement reform and budget policy at the National Tax Limitation Foundation.
S.T. Karnick
Director of Publications
S.T. Karnick is the director of publications for The Heartland Institute.