Statement of Principle on Patient Choice

Statement of Principle on Patient Choice
March 1, 2001

October 11, 2000

Because the Patients' Bill of Rights will raise costs and reduce access to health insurance, employers and employees should have the ability to opt out of the provisions of the bill if they so desire.

Therefore, if an employer gives a defined contribution to employees for health coverage, the employer, the employee plan, and the insurer chosen by the employee should be exempt from the liability and the regulatory provisions of the Patients' Bill of Rights.

Employees would be the owners of their health coverage, which they would choose and purchase either individually or through group plans. The tax treatment of this defined contribution would be the same as under current law.

Grace-Marie Arnett

Galen Institute

Naomi Lopez-Bauman

Pacific Research Institute

Julie Chan

Cato Institute

Stephen J. Entin

Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation

James Frogue

The Heritage Foundation

John Goodman, Ph.D.

National Center for Policy Analysis

Robert Helms, Ph.D.

American Enterprise Institute

John S. Hoff

Health Policy Attorney

Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.

American Conservative Network

Marty McGeein

The McGeein Group

Thomas Miller

Cato Institute

Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D.

The Heritage Foundation

Greg Scandlen

National Center for Policy Analysis

Elizabeth Wright

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

The Health Policy Consensus Group is a broad-based group of health policy analysts including researchers from major market-oriented public policy research organizations.

For more information, contact Grace-Marie Arnett, Galen Institute, Alexandria, VA, (703) 299-8900. Fax (703) 299-0721. E-mail