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10 Steps to Transform Health Care

Welcome to the "Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America" section of my Web page.  On July 12, 2007, I introduced my 10 step plan for stabilizing and reforming the nation's health care system. The bill, S. 1783, builds on numerous health care proposals to expand access to quality health insurance in the U.S. The hallmark of this proposal is to provide more options, more choices and more control to every American. 

With 46.1 million Americans living without health insurance, we cannot continue to allow partisan politics to stand in the way of real reform. My "Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America" encapsulates the best of the best ideas and puts forward new, innovative approaches that congress can work together and pass. 

My plan would allow market-based pooling and equalize tax treatment of health insurance for all Americans.  It proposes new market-based solutions that will enable uninsured working families to purchase private health insurance. The bill would expand choices and coverage and give individuals control over their health care and health records. It would also enhance health care quality and reduce costs.

I've provided a more in-depth summary of the 10 Steps bill below.  You can also click on the link beneath the summary to read the text of the full bill.  On the right hand side of this page you can view 10 Steps news releases, floor statements, media clips and op-eds, as well as details on my 10 Steps, 10 Stops Tour across Wyoming that I took in March 2008. 

I look forward to hearing what you think about my plan.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi

Senator Michael B. Enzi

Building on Market-based Solutions and Strengthening Current Insurance Programs

  1. Eliminates unfair tax treatment of health insurance for all Americans, thereby expanding choices, coverage, and control over your health care
  2. Increases affordable options for working families to purchase health insurance through a standard tax deduction
  3. Ensures affordable health insurance to low-income individuals through a refundable, advanceable, assignable tax-based subsidy
  4. Provides cross-state pooling to reduce health care costs and increase accessibility for small business owners, unions, associations, and their workers, members, and families
  5. Blends the individual and group market to extend important HIPAA portability protections to the individual market so that insurance security can better move with you from job to job
  6. Emphasizes preventive benefits and helps individuals with chronic diseases so America will finally have health care and not sick care
  7. Gives you the choice to convert the value of your Medicaid and SCHIP program benefits into private health insurance, putting you in control of your health care, not the Federal government
  8. Saves lives and money by better coordinating health information technology to improve health care delivery
  9. Increases access to primary care in rural and frontier areas by helping future providers and nurses pay for their education, and gives seniors more options to receive care in their homes and communities
  10. Decreases the sky-rocketing cost of health care by restoring reliability in our medical justice system through State-based solutions

Click here to download a copy of the full bill text of "Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America" (S. 1783)

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