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A Free-Market Alternative to the AARP (Guest: Dan Weber)

December 14, 2018

The Heartland Institute's Health Care Research Fellow Sarah Lee talks with Dan Weber of AMAC, a group that positions itself as a free-market alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

In spring 2018, Florida Congressman Daniel Webster introduced H.R. 5856, the Good Samaritan Charitable Physicians Services Act. The bill would give a tax deduction to healthcare providers for pro-bono health services in treating families using Medicaid and CHIP. Dan Weber, who heads AMAC, discusses how this bill will help the most vulnerable by giving them the opportunity to develop a real doctor-patient relationship instead of a quick trip to an emergency room. It also helps reduce the cost of Medicaid by shifting those costs to a simple tax deduction. Weber relays how the doctor-patient relationship and the shifting of the cost of Medicaid can help reduce the cost of health care overall.

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.