PR: Statement by Jim Ward on Passage of Health Care Reform

Jim Ward

(PHOENIX, AZ) November 8, 2009 – “Today is a sad day for Americans who value their freedom to make their own health care decisions without interference by the federal government. In voting to approve the liberal-led agenda on Health Care Reform, Representative Harry Mitchell has let down the constituents of Congressional District 5 once again.

While there’s no question our health care system needs reform, the plan pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic allies including Harry Mitchell will saddle our economy with staggering costs and create another enormous government bureaucracy. I urge voters in our district to hold Mitchell accountable for his lack of leadership and blind support of this disastrous policy.

My promise to voters is that, if elected, I will fight for the right kind of health care reform based on common sense such as: medical malpractice reform (to reduce costs), availability of health insurance across state lines (to increase competition and reduce costs), changing the tax code to enhance health care savings accounts (allowing the provider and the patient to work together), creating high risk pools for pre-existing conditions and portability of coverage.”

For more information or to arrange an interview with Jim Ward, contact Katie Cobb.


  1. Ok, I am a Schweikert supporter. But Ward is getting sucked into the “need…medical…reform…NOW” black hole of D talking points. If you answer someone else’s question, you acknowledge they have a grasp of the problem and that you don’t.

    I have a great fear of people who want “common sense” solutions since the most “sensible” solution is likely to be death panels, euthanasia, and abortion. I’d take “just” solutions over “common” sense ones anyday.

  2. Apparently a staggering cost to pay for nation building overseas is OK by Mr. Ward.

  3. Snickers,

    Now I am not a schweikert supporter or a ward supporter because I think Ward is not a good candidate and Schweikert lost to Mitchell by 10 in a district that has a plus 13 GOP voter registration advantage… I dont see how suddenly he is a good candidate but that aside… we do need some type of medical reform now.
    We do need tort reform and premiums are too high. Now the public option not the way to go at all so I like that Ward has some ideas, not that they are anything new really. Shaddegg has said the same thing as have others.

    So what are your “just” ideas snickers? You can’t just say you want a certain kind of solution and attack a candidate and not give some kinda of alternative…

  4. The most important reform needed in healthcare is for the government to give personal expenditures on health care and health insurance the same tax treatment as employer provided plans.

    That will create a market for personal rather than employer based health care plans that will be portable and will allow market innovations to deal with pre-existing conditions.

    If patients are partners with their doctors in healthcare decisions by deciding what procedures are worth performing based on reviewing the risks with their doctors, many issues regarding excessive costs from malpractice suits will be eliminated. Many “defensive” diagnostic procedures with low medical value will be avoided because patients, having a say in their treatment and facing the costs of the treatment, will participate in the decision to avoid unnecessary, expensive procedures that are designed only to protect their doctors from malpractice suits. Also, by participating in their treatment decisions including making cost/benefit decisions, patients will assume more responsibility for their treatment and doctors will not be liable for decisions about courses of treatment. Of course, the doctors would still be liable for incompetence or negligence in carrying out those procedures they agreed to perform for the patient.

    Increasing competition by allowing interstate sales of health insurance policies would also reduce costs and improve service.

    The tax issue is definitely the top priority with interstate competition in second place.

    Once those reforms are implemented and some time has passed to see how well they work, then other reforms can be added as needed.

    These reforms will lower health care costs and make it more accessible to everyone. They might cut costs sufficiently to remove health care costs as a top public policy issue.

  5. Thane brings up a good point – Jim Ward believes the defense budget needs to be maintained at 4% of GDP (actually more than that is spent on defense but it is categorized as something else). My lesser question is why link ‘defense’ spending to GDP, my more important one is how on earth can one continue to justify spending half of the entire world spending on warfare.

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