Policy Documents

A Health Care Reform Agenda

October 1, 2002

What Federal and State governments should do to create a consumer-friendly "patient power" health care agenda based on personal responsibility. 

Health care has become the major item on the nation's domestic agenda.  Since 1965 dramatic changes in the health care industry, including numerous federal and state government interventions that were designed to improve access to affordable, quality health care.  These interventions have instead produced a system that more and more Americans believe is not meeting their expectations for affordable, quality health care.  The purpose of this report is to present concisely the important components of a new health care reform agenda, with a focus on policy steps that can be taken at the same level.