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Model Resolutions

Re: Supporting Free Market Medicine

PROPOSED RESOLUTION 2002 CMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES
THOMAS W. LaGRELIUS, MD, VP- LACMA-9
PHONE 310-378-6208 EMAIL [email protected]

RESOLUTION #1 SUGGESTING A MAJOR CHANGE OF CMA POLICY DIRECTION IN SUPPORT OF INNOVATIVE CONSUMER DRIVEN FINANCING OF HEALTH CARE AND IN OPPOSITION TO CURRENT CONSUMER UNFRIENDLY SYSTEMS

WHEREAS: Most current health care financing systems, including HMO, medical, healthy families, medicare and low- deductible highly managed PPOs are out of step with the modern, consumer-driven, internet-enabled, free-market economy and are products of a previous paternalistic era now dead or dying; and

WHEREAS: The above programs are not selling well to the public, are too costly for the care given, and are unpopular with most doctors; and

WHEREAS: The CMA, with its historical ... support and ... lobby[ing] efforts to expand these systems is in danger of losing relavance in this modern era; and

WHEREAS: The CMA is losing membership and money as a result of this perception by potential members who seek a radically different approach and

WHEREAS: A dramatic, public CMA policy change ... would highlight the CMA as a progressive "disruptive innovator" rather than a reactionary force for resistance to change,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the CMA study, design, support and endorse only innovative consumer-driven and controlled health care financing programs such as MSAs linked to high-deductible, unmanaged insurance and defined-contribution employer programs ... and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the CMA study, design, support and endorse only innovative tax credit and refundable tax credit programs linked to catastrophe insurance for seniors currently covered by Medicare, and for the poor uninsured, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the CMA end its lobbying support for, and instead take a "neutral" or "oppose" position on any legislation to increase financing of, or expand the scope of outdated, top-down, managed, first-dollar, anti-free market and consumer-unfriendly programs such as Medicare, MediCal, Healthy Families, HMOs and low-deductible, highly managed PPOs.