Dr. Kantor spoke with Bill LuMaye of WPTF Radio in North Carolina about the increases that North Carolina residents are beginning to see in their health care policies. Many people not only in North Carolina, but throughout the country are concerned and unhappy with their anticipated health care situation and costs. So what is causing these increases for many Americans? Dr. Kantor explains that approximately half of the United States population is at 138% of the poverty level, and those people get subsidies to lower their costs. To pay for those subsidies and the new mandates, the rates on all of the people above the poverty line have to be increased. All that has really happened is that the burden of cost has been shifted.
Bill LuMaye asks if there ever really was a resolution to lowering health care costs? Dr. Kantor believes so and gave many suggestions for ways to accomplish it in The Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel, which he chaired for the House of Representatives. Together the panel came up with $253 billion per year in savings without mandates. Many of the ideas were common sense solutions that would have a big impact, like teaching nutrition in our schools, allowing flexible spending accounts to be used on FDA approved things like like fish oil, and developing interstate health care policies.
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