Here is what I mean by deregulation:
All government health care programs should be abolished. This includes Meidcare, Medicaid, Veterans Health care, public charity hospitals, and so on.
All laws concerning health care should be repealed. States should be prohibited from interfering with the insurance industry in any way. Insurance companies can charge what they want, and adopt whatever policies and procedures they want. The government cannot mandate coverage for anything. If patients don’t like it, they can switch companies.
The government cannot regulate mergers or acquisitions of insurance companies. If two companies want to merge, it is up to the shareholders to decide, not the Department of Justice.
No doctor is required to treat anyone who cannot pay. (EMTALA is repealed.)
All state mandates forcing people to have health insurance (i.e., Massachusetts) are repealed.
Employers are not required to provide health insurance under any circumstances. If they choose to do so, it is due to negotiation between employee and employer. Unions are not allowed to get involved.
The government is not allowed to impose any sort of tax on health care or health insurance.
Do you like my plan? Deregulation always brings down costs and results in higher quality services. This plan will establish a true market-based health care system in the United States.