..::: NEWS RELEASE
..::: AUGUST 30, 2004
Lip Service: GOP on Free Market Health Care Reform
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIAAs Republicans convene the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York
City, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM) urged the Grand Old
Party to practice the free market ideas they preach.
Instead, AFCM’s executive director, Richard E.
Ralston, points out, the GOP is trying to have health care both ways:
instituting the largest expansion of government intervention since
Medicare through prescription drug subsidies for seniors while claiming
to reduce the size of government control of medicine.
Referring to the GOP’s own Web sitewhich pledges
to reduce government control and taxes and provide more free market
optionsMr. Ralston observed: “What they have actually done is the
opposite.” He added that the GOP’s sole exception is the creation of
tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), now widely available.
“Until one party figures out that the only sound
basis for health care is individual rights and free choice of doctors
and hospitals, we won’t have much from which to choose,” he said. Mr.
Ralston’s articles have been published in the Houston Chronicle,
Orange County Register and the Washington Times.
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM),
founded in 1993, is the nation's only educational organization based on
individual rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in
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