Heritage expert Robert Moffit, in his quest to free more Americans from burdensome health care regulations and costs, will now be serving as the chair of the Maryland Health Commission.

The Washington Post has more below:

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday appointed a leading critic of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act to chair the state’s health-care commission, drawing immediate criticism from Democrats.

Robert E. Moffit has served as a member of the commission, which oversees hospitals and health care in the state, since 2015. A senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, he has called for a full repeal of the federal health-care law, promoted Medicare vouchers and applauded the controversial health-care bill that House Republicans passed last week.

“If Marylanders weren’t scared of Governor Hogan’s refusal to oppose Trumpcare before, they should be now,” Maryland Democratic Party spokesman Bryan Lesswing said after Moffitt’s appointment was announced.

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Comments (63)

Liz - May 13, 2017

Hugely important to pass health care and fully repeal Obamacare. We need tort reform, ability to purchase insurance across state lines and a return to patient centered health care. Get the federal government out of the health care business.

Charles Grimes - May 13, 2017

Since “health care ” is 1/6 of our nation’s economy and current system is a financial failure reform is extremely important .

fred grant - May 13, 2017

we need health care we can afford and that covers everythingf

Joline Tate - May 13, 2017

I think Obamacare should be allowed to die a natural death. What Congress is willing to do will only be temporary pain relief, and it will be owned by congressional conservatives and Trump (already being called Trumpcare). It is obvious now that Congress is unwilling to repeal Obamacare; it’s best to not be associated with it in any way.

Duane - May 13, 2017

It is very important that obama care
is eliminated & replaced with
conservative principles.

Duane - May 13, 2017

Very important. People are past
ready for a change. Get it closer
to the people by handing a lot
of it back to the states.

Rich G - May 13, 2017

We must return control of health insurance to the States. The Federal government is too inefficient to run such a critical service over such a vast and diverse area. Medicaid should also be directed entirely by the States through block grants. Thank you.

Larry Smith - May 13, 2017

I don’t understand why Obamacare just can’t be repealed, and go back to the way healthcare was before Obama took office? Seems simple enough to me. Why does the federal government have to be involved at all?

Larry Waldo - May 13, 2017

What seems to be happening is a full repeal of Obama Care is being blocked by moderate republicans. Any bill that gets passed will be hung around republicans neck. The voters will vote them out of office in 2018. I know it is hard, but the republicans need to back off and let Obama Care implode like it is doing now. Other wise, they will be a minority party again. The democrats need to own Obama care. The republicans are baling them out and destroying their own party at the same time!!!!

Robert - May 13, 2017

Extremely important, it has already been too long since it was obvious Obamacare was destined to failure.

Thomas Hauck - May 13, 2017

Please review the following two links – one about Dr. Donald Berwick and the other a study by the IOM or Institute of Medicine. Both say that each year we waste up to 30% or, in 2009, about $750 billion (with a b) on health care spending. The way to make a real difference is to cut out the waste and they tell us how to do it. So far no one seems to be working at cutting out waste. Heritage can make a difference. Please help.
The first is an article in the Dec. 3, 2011 NY Times by Robert Pear. It is called “Health Official Takes Parting Shot at ‘Waste’”.
I have given you all the details in case you do not or cannot open links.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/health/policy/parting-shot-at-waste-by-key-obama-health-official.html
The NY Times does a good job, in this instance, of reporting Dr. Donald Berwick’s 2011 resignation from CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) and of his complaints that 20% to 30% of all medical expenditures are wasted as they yield no benefit to patients. Dr. Berwick lists five reasons for the “extremely high level of waste” – overtreatment of patients, failure to coordinate care, administrative complexity of the health care system, burdensome rules and fraud. He says some of the waste is due to onerous, archaic regulations enforced by CMS.

The second item is the result of a study by the IOM or Institute of Medicine (currently called Academy of Medicine or AOM) reported September 6, 2012 which shows ten ways to improve health care in the US and to reduce the cost (reduce waste) of health care by 20 to 30% or, in 2009, saving $750 billion (with a b) that year. Improving healthcare might also save 75,000 lives each year. You can Google “the national academies of medicine September 6, 2012 report + transformation of health system needed to improve care and reduce costs”.
The link is http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=13444 ;
Thank you for your help.

Leslie Johnson - May 13, 2017

We desparately need a total reform. However, because the issue is so complicated, it needs to be more than just insurance. There needs to be care for the poor, while at the same time reducing litigation options which drives up costs, as well as giving incentive to continue to be the best medical care in the world.

nancy beutel - May 13, 2017

Highest possible as to urgency, but given the complexity, we must not lose heart or become impatient with our elected officials when repeal and replace seems to be a long drawn-out process. Let us continue to cheer them on in the quest for an optimal outcome!

Lloyd Norris - May 13, 2017

Very important to get this program under control. The Democrats wanted to claim a that they were for the people, they passed Obamacare irresponsibly. Socialized medicine has had no place in our country, but since it has been forced onto the nation, even though it was a lemon, we need to make lemonade, if we can.

Charles Chronis - May 13, 2017

Get rid of Obamacare in its entirety and let the chips fall where they may. Government doesn’t belong in health care. Read the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Clearly outlines government’s function. Health care isn’t one of them!

Janet Zanonl - May 13, 2017

Greatly important! Praying there will be a way to help fund Healthcare for the needy who cannot pay.

Charles Fickling - May 13, 2017

I think healthcare reform is extremely important in America. Repealing Obamacare would be wonderful but not likely. This new entitlement program is here to stay and reform is our best hope to salvage our Constitutional rights and possibly remove some of the Government intervention in our lives.

Ron Ferrell - May 13, 2017

Let ObamaCare die a painful death. Then show the unwillingness of the Dem’s to support any healthcare law that the Repub’s pass. Repeal ObamaCare completely and give the healthcare system back to the people to decide what they need.

Chan Bailey - May 13, 2017

It’s vet important to me. My medical insurance was canceled in 2014 because it didn’t meet the requirements of ACA. I could not afford the premiums under ACA and have not had medical insurance since. Premiums need to come down and the government needs to get out of my personal medical care business. I believe a full repeal of the ACA is the only way that will happen.

Carolyn Faye Piroutek - May 13, 2017

The repeal of Obamacare is vital. It is an internal protection for our citizens, for Christians and families. National Defense is vital for our protection from abroad so I’m glad there was money obtained with the budget negotiations. The Wall needs to be built and immigration laws enforced. I am total pro-life. I am a faith abiding Catholic, not just the portions that appease my convenience. So I am with the Little Sister’s of the Poor in all aspects. I also understand the necessity for negotiation. I am 100% behind Trump in his ability to get the best deal with the given situation and the next time he will acheive even more of the objective. Every race won starts with a first step. A few say he is caving, but far from that. That would be the same as telling the runner that because the first yard out in the sprint didn’t put them across the finish line, that the race was over. The win begins with a start and Trump is off to an amazing start. I pray for his success every day. He is keenly suited for this postiion and this time. He is awesome. He is the best answer for our times. Priase be God that he and his family were willing to take on this challenge for our country. He is the best of all patriots. He is the champion for the little guy, the red blooded American, the business man, the soldier, the elderly, the child, and every law abiding individual who brings integrity to the table. God bless President Trump and God America!.

Robert C. Biggio - May 13, 2017

It was a promise to the people that must be kept ! The American people have suffered for to long under a bill nobody wanted !

Reba Elliott - May 13, 2017

Extremely important, not because it affects me personally as I have Medicare and Tricare for Life, but because it is the right thing to do. Take the feds out of the health care business – and all business to the maximum extent.

Jennifer L Blevins - May 13, 2017

It is important to get gov’t out of such a large portion of the economy while having sensible regulation that protects Americans with preexisting conditions, not leaves them with the full weight of the costs the insurance companies will place on their backs if the states opt out. This must not happen.

Juliann Trischler - May 13, 2017

It is my opinion that the government should stay out! What is wrong with the free market system? We have friends in countries with single payer, i.e. socialized med. and they have nothing good to say about it, and they live in a country with only 32M population. What are we thinking about????? I pray they will repeal and drop the whole bad thing.

Jay Ament - May 13, 2017

Very important to pass the health care and get rid of anything that was done by that illegal jerk that sat in the front office and did nothing and then spent millions playing gulf. He should be hung and the sooner the better.
JWA

Janice Evans - May 13, 2017

Absolutely essential!

Richard West - May 13, 2017

Free market economics produces solutions to almost human need more effectively than then any number of highly paid, miss educated government bureaucrats.

Bill Coates - May 13, 2017

It is very important to get tort reform into law, but the fact that so many in Congress are lawyers will stop any effective bill. Is there any way to get the lawyers to recuse themselves from this conflict of interest?
Healthcare savbings accounts that can be used for care or insurance premiums will help a lot. Also I believe that hospital and clinic bills for most procedures should be public information so people can comparison-shop, and recovery rates should also be available.

Phyllis Schultz - May 13, 2017

Obamacare must be completely repealed. We must find a way to bring insurance premiums and deductibles back to affordable levels. Services that were cut by Obama need to be restored. I do think it would be run more efficiently and effectively at the state level. The money that was stripped from Medicare to shore O care up should be returned to Medicare. If the Fed. Gov’t must be involved, their time would be better spent on Tort reform and insurance fraud.

Maggie - May 13, 2017

Get the government out of health care! Tort reform should be enacted followed by a complete repeal the (un)Affordable Care Act. The government has no business telling us what to buy and at which price. (This pertains to far more then “health care.”) It was the HMO’s and their ilk that set us up for Zerocare to take over the health insurance industry. It must be returned to an open consumers market. Quite frankly, I’d like to see the federal bureaucracy, which is a festering pit of bought off administrators, affirmative action hires and drones who are more likely to die on the job than get fired, destroyed and the power returned to the states.

Gale Champion - May 13, 2017

Very important to repeal and replace Obamacare. We all know it is imploding and can’t be stopped. Republicans have promised the repeal and replace of Obamacare so many times that they cannot go back on their word. Not carrying out this promise would hurt Republicans in so many ways–mainly voters would lose confidence in them. With the House, Senate and White House, there is no longer an excuse for not carrying out their campaign promises.

Kay L Rinck - May 13, 2017

Crucial. It must be eliminated and replaced. I don’t think letting it die a natural death would be helpful as there would then be a cry from the left for single payer health care. We don’t want to leave that option open for them.

Sonie Thompson - May 13, 2017

A few days ago I posted a very pertinent article, and I hope you had time to read it. This debacle has come long before Obama, but he added another layer to a broken system. PLEASE read this! You are circumventing major flaws in everything that must be fixed first!
https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2017/05/make-insurance-honest-again/?utm_content=bufferd40f5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

John - May 13, 2017

Very Important. Costs are out of control because of Obamacare and must be reduced!

Al - May 13, 2017

Healthcare is best handled as close to the people served as possible. Federal involvement is the last resort. Repeal ACA and put health insurance on a private, competitive basis and allow individuals and small business to create and join group plans. Use tax free accounts for health expenses and have HHS provide guidelines for insurance carriers as we do now with house/auto insurance. If a bill passes, republicans will own the new bill but the democrats will still own the mess created by the ACA.

Jane Bunegar - May 13, 2017

this country is moving toward socialized medicine. Only because no case has been clearly articulated why private health care is better for all citizens.
How is it better for the poor, single mothers, people with existing condition, minorities, seniors, young families, etc. Where and how does one begin looking for health care, in the private sector, comparing benefits and cost plans, etc. Do you rely on Ins brokers? You can’t see the public is you can’t explain it yourselves.

Albert (Alberto) Castro Jr - May 13, 2017

More important is passing a full repeal and replacement of the ACA and getting the government out of our healthcare. They’ve made enough of a mess of our healthcare already.

Elaine Liming - May 13, 2017

Health care reform is necessary. The cost of medicine has sky rocketed, and corruption in Pharmaceutical companies needs to controlled. We need to support those medical people who have proven that many cures are now possible from Nature itself. Big Pharma doesn’t like to hear BUT Americans are not stupid.

Mildred Leslie - May 13, 2017

I think reform is VERY necessary.
I have one friend (widow in 50s who has to earn a living) in particular that would not be walking today if she had not had Obamacare, she says. She could not have afforded the insurance.
I have other friends who are struggling to pay high premiums who have children, with and without mom working.
Both sides need relief.

Pamela Jones - May 13, 2017

I agree completely with Liz – May 13, 2017. We will not be satisfied until the government is out of health-care. John Roberts should have declared Obamacare unconstitutional, because it is. Nowhere in the constitution does it say that the government should be in control of health care.

GENE HULL - May 13, 2017

removal of healthcare regulations is valuable. replace regulations with freedom to choose!!!

Karen Laffredi - May 13, 2017

The government should have never gotten into the healthcare business – Medicaid, Medicare and now Obamacare or Trumpcare. There is nothing in our Constitution that even hints at the Federal Government being in the business of paying for health care for anyone. I, frankly, would love to see them all repealed as they re nothing by entitlements which will soon lead to Universal Government Healthcare.

Gena - May 13, 2017

Very important , but not bill have now where 90% of Obamacare is left . Get government out of it ! Add House and Senate into it ! Like Ted Cruz health program he campaigned on .

Jim Wills - May 13, 2017

My wife’s Care First premiums have gone up 25 to 30% per year in the last two years, 15% three years ago!!. In this economy, of 2% growth, working people are forced, yes Forced to purchase this un-affordable health insurance product or face the IRS.
We’d be better off if we just quit work, and went on Medicaid, but that’s not in our genes .

Sharon Taylor - May 14, 2017

Whether we have Government assisted health care or not should be left up to the people who will actually pay for it in the future and already paid for it in the past. Elections in each State seems more fair than to leave 595 Reps and Senators, some who have no Medical or Administrative experience, to decide for a country of 330 million.
Get rid of all the “stinking mandates”, provide the funds specifically collected for health care back to the States and let the people, county by county, district by district, have a say in how their per capita share should be spent. Study the most successful and share the information.
The National Government should also consider additional Medical/Dental Facilities, i.e. Hospitals, Clinics, Out-Patient Surgical Centers, as a part of the ‘Needed’ Infrastructure of our Country.
As you are aware, Rural Communities are destitute of decent Surgical/Medical Facilities, which all too often leads to Life or Death due to “time to care” issues.
Provide interest free grants to Medical, Dental, Nursing and Administrative students who will spend 6 years working in the facilities for an Average State Wage, in order to repay those grants. Then let them go private.
These United States are in drastic need of all Medical Personnel and Facilities, while we are over-run with Litigious Lawyers.
If the Feds MUST become involved, let them set limits on Medical Lawsuit Claims and Legal Fees. That would help ALL the People, including the Doctors, Dentists, Nurses and Hospitals. Make it Fair, but make it Stick.
And for gosh sake, get Big Pharma under control. What the heck were legislators thinking when they allowed Companies to run their own tests, in order to get new drugs approved. This is precisely the type of job for some of our best and wealthiest Universities and would be quite educational for students who’ve never known discipline or standards before.

Philip Casey - May 14, 2017

Replace Ryan and McConnell. Then maybe obamacare can be repealed and replaced with free market solutions like buying insurance across State lines; removing idiotic regs on heath care savings accounts; enabling small associations to be formed for lower cost insurance plans; and most of all, get the federal government out of the health insurance business.

Gabriel Olague - May 14, 2017

Repeal , yes. Replace, why? It is all inside the box anway. Outside the box we have things like:
1. 70% of all illness is psychosomatic and doctors do not know the mind.
2. About 25% of the rest is nutritional and doctors don´t know nutrition.
Drugs and surgery do not produce healthy people. They are necessary on emergency cases, but these are abput 5% ot the cases. Outside of these they produce drugged cripples.
So, about 95% of what they are doing is BS. Expensive BS.
We need a real leader here that is not afraid to take on Big Pharma, who is running the show now. Take a survey. You will find practically all of Congress gets money from Big Pharma. We have to find the two guys that don´t and get them to work on this.

Marian - May 14, 2017

The premiums for individuals leaves no money left for the huge deductibles so essentially one is without health care. I lost 2 doctors to Obama care and premiums have gone up out of sight.

Jerry Metcalf - May 14, 2017

Huge

Hank Raehn - May 14, 2017

I am disappointed that many Republicans who ran for 7 years on repealing Obamacare are now shying away from doing just that. I cannot imagine their cowardice and duplicity starting with the leadership in the House. I believe complete repeal of Obamacare is the first step and every step after that should take government out of health care altogether. There is no reason why we can’t obtain health care the same way we obtain automobile insurance with provision for those who are truly needy. I think Liz is on the right track. . .

Don Linn - May 14, 2017

It is very important to pass health care. Repeal Obama care. Insurance was better before it was nationalized. Give people ability to purchase across states and deal with pre-existing conditions. Otherwise get government out of health care. Private sector can do it better and less costly.

Julia Frey - May 14, 2017

Obamacare should be repealed completely, replaced, and made affordable, not necessarily free. Gov’t run healthcare is a bad idea. Please get rid of abhorrent regulations and make it competitive. Legislators should do what is right not politically expedient.

Teresa Preiss - May 15, 2017

I am seriously interested in having our healthcare start over. Get rid of Obamacare. It is not helping millions more people than before Obamacare

Nancy J Norris - May 15, 2017

We pay our own health care and are proud of it.

Al - May 15, 2017

We need to pass a health care law that will get the federal government out of the insurance system.

David L Kohler - May 15, 2017

There is NO excuse NOT to repeal Obamacare.NOW! It will soon fail under its own weight anyway. If the Republicans offer a good alternative, it will be a victory for the free market, conservatism, and the American way. But if they continue to hesitate to repeal it and enact real common sense solutions, they will end up “owning” the problem.

David Matzen - May 16, 2017

Yes, the current Obama Health Care Law needs to be revised to a more market controlled system.

Jackie - May 16, 2017

I have lived in 3 other countries where their was national healthcare or socialized medical programs that were subpar. Things always look greener from the other side but the reality is we need to fully repeal Obama care and get back to care centered around the patient and patients having choices.

Almira SANT - May 17, 2017

health care is important, but debate does not mention the low numbers as most
people have received Medicaid and the
rest of the 6 million are going thru the exchanges. (of the 20 million mentioned)
Think we need incentives for preventive
life style changes. the companies that reward the people who take care of themselves have good outcomes and loyal
healthy workers.

LoAnn Twedt - May 17, 2017

A complete repeal of Obamacare is the only option I will personally approve. The complicated bill had a wide reaching affect on taxes, older populations, economy and jobs. This must go. A new free market approach needs to be taken to benefit constituents and the country.

william schmidt - May 19, 2017

Liz on 5/13/17 expressed my view, exactly. Let’s try to focus on prevention and wellness and really bring down the cost of living with healthcare. Get the federal government out of healthcare!

Michael Brown - May 29, 2017

It is absolutely essential to health care in America that a market-driven and openness to health care solutions be maintained without government interference.

Mark Anglin - June 10, 2017

I am extremely interested in the quality of medical assistance available to Americans. But it must be remembered that health insurance does not equal medical care! I am appalled at the skyrocketing costs of medical care, which means that citizens cannot afford help without insurance. The result is that insurance companies are making life-or-death decisions for their policy holders. Now the government wants to get involved and we can only assume that they will eventually arrogate this power for themselves. Why didn’t the gov get involved in the beginning, and stop the robber barons from turning the “health care industry” into one sixth of our economy?

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