Preserving Affordable and Accessible Health Care The next step when supporting an environment for robust economic growth is the preservation of affordable and accessible healthcare for Alabamians. One predicament associated with the cost of doing business is the issue of providing healthcare for employees. Although business owners are not obligated to care for their employees, many feel morally compelled to do so. Employers should be encouraged to maximize the utilization of Health Savings Accounts, which will be less expensive and will increase less rapidly in cost. If employers in Alabama provide health care for their employees, those businesses should be granted additional tax incentives beyond what is currently available. As Governor, I will always encourage the creation of state health insurance exchanges to foster competition and lower cost. Special emphasis will be given to companies that will write high deductible insurance policies at a reasonable cost to link-up with health savings accounts. As a physician running for Governor, I am in a unique position to understand the healthcare issue and to work to protect Alabama from unwarranted and unnecessary intrusions into our personal healthcare choices. I have already started laying the groundwork for Alabama's rejection of the federal takeover of healthcare by offering real-world solutions that can be enacted without bankrupting our nation or pushing us closer toward the ultra-liberal goal of a single payer system. On October 13, 2009, I pre-filed a Constitutional Amendment that will prohibit any person, employer, or healthcare provider from being compelled to participate in any healthcare system. By codifying Alabama's 10th Amendment rights on this issue, we will be taking the first step toward protecting Alabama's citizens from Government run medicine. As Governor, I will work with other conservative Governors to encourage federal passage of provisions that would drive down prices by increasing competition while working within a market-based framework. Those provisions include: A. Portability of Insurance Across State Lines. There is no valid reason why Alabamians should be prohibited from purchasing health insurance from companies in other States. By allowing the people of this State to have access to all of the Jobs and Opportunity for Alabama http://www.BentleyMeansBusiness.com/ 19
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