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..::: AUGUST 30, 2004

Lip Service: GOP on Free Market Health Care Reform

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—As Republicans convene the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM) urged the Grand Old Party to practice the free market ideas they preach.

Instead, AFCM’s executive director, Richard E. Ralston, points out, the GOP is trying to have health care both ways: instituting the largest expansion of government intervention since Medicare through prescription drug subsidies for seniors while claiming to reduce the size of government control of medicine.

Referring to the GOP’s own Web site—which pledges to reduce government control and taxes and provide more free market options—Mr. Ralston observed: “What they have actually done is the opposite.” He added that the GOP’s sole exception is the creation of tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), now widely available.

“Until one party figures out that the only sound basis for health care is individual rights and free choice of doctors and hospitals, we won’t have much from which to choose,” he said. Mr. Ralston’s articles have been published in the Houston Chronicle, Orange County Register and the Washington Times.

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), founded in 1993, is the nation's only educational organization based on individual rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.

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