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Limited Benefit Insurance
An Alternative to Obamacare


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This piece was co-authored by Dr. Linda Gorman. Dr. Gorman is the Director of Heath Care Policy at the Independence Institute.

One of the strangest things about Obamacare is that it is trying to force millions of families to obtain the wrong kind of insurance. When they turn it down, these families often end up with no insurance at all.

As an alternative we propose to allow people to obtain a more limited type of insurance—one that better meets individual and family needs. This insurance would be less costly than ObamaCare insurance; it would pay the vast majority of medical bills the family is likely to incur; and it would at the same time protect the family’s income and assets.

There are two reasons why people need health insurance: to protect assets and to gain better access to care. For young, healthy families with low incomes and no assets to protect, Obamacare’s mandated insurance is unlikely to meet either need.

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John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.”

Linda Gorman is the Director of Heath Care Policy at The Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado


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