Just a few years ago, California lawmakers heatedly debated health care reform. At that time, Senate Republicans presented CalCare, a cost-effective, balanced and realistic approach to improve consumer choice and expand accessibility, while creating greater reliability in California's health care system. Most importantly, it proposed to use existing dollars to care for California's most vulnerable without raising taxes.
This proposal tackled the three largest problems with our health care system: quality, access and affordability. Key proposals would expand access and improve affordability through the expansion of community-based clinics. Another measure would provide relief to families by allowing them to purchase insurance with pre-tax savings plans, similar to programs already in place for child care. Other bills would create incentives for doctors to accept Medi-Cal and encourage medical professionals to serve in underserved areas, such as rural parts of our state.
These common-sense ideas merit attention again. Instead of creating more bureaucracy at the expense of hard-working taxpayers, lawmakers should focus on solutions within our existing resources to make the current system more affordable and accessible.
Bigger government isn't the prescription for our nation's health care ills, but a little common sense is just what the doctor ordered.
Cogdill, R-Modesto, represents the 14th state Senate District.