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My newest recommendation for reforming healthcare is simpler and based more upon the free market. I recommend simplifying Health Savings Accounts (originally a Republican idea) and using them in conjunction with Direct Primary Care or Fee-for-Service arrangements. In essence, the Federal Reserve should simply provide HSAs to everyone based on a flat formula which determines accrued benefits based on age lived, so that banks are removed as the middleman from the process (which only drives up costs). Furthermore, the funds should be available for use not only in conventional hospitals but for Direct Primary Care or Fee-For-Service arrangements.  
 
My newest recommendation for reforming healthcare is simpler and based more upon the free market. I recommend simplifying Health Savings Accounts (originally a Republican idea) and using them in conjunction with Direct Primary Care or Fee-for-Service arrangements. In essence, the Federal Reserve should simply provide HSAs to everyone based on a flat formula which determines accrued benefits based on age lived, so that banks are removed as the middleman from the process (which only drives up costs). Furthermore, the funds should be available for use not only in conventional hospitals but for Direct Primary Care or Fee-For-Service arrangements.  
  
With Direct Primary Care, clinics are paid a flat monthly cost to provide all healthcare needed for a patient in a given month, thus motivating doctors to keep their patients healthy while minimizing their expenses and improving their healthcare experience, typically reducing health costs by 75% or more. With Fee-For-Service, clinics are charged based upon the service needed and, because the expensive insurance industry is removed as a middleman, considerable cost savings can be realized. Needless to say, HSAs hold potential to provide a free market solution in reducing health costs if used with alternatives that avoid the insurance industry such as those mentioned.
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With Direct Primary Care, clinics are paid a flat monthly cost to provide all healthcare needed for a patient in a given month, thus motivating doctors to keep their patients healthy while minimizing their expenses and improving their healthcare experience, typically reducing health costs by 75% or more. Not only is cost reduced but wait times are substantially shortened. With Fee-For-Service, clinics are charged based upon the service needed and, because the expensive insurance industry is removed as a middleman, considerable cost savings can be realized. Needless to say, HSAs hold potential to provide a free market solution in reducing health costs if used with alternatives that avoid the insurance industry such as those mentioned.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:59, 11 November 2018

Reforms

The following reforms are introduced, many for the first time, in 'Defending Conservatism.' The following is generally intended as a simple summation of my proposed solutions, for detail on why they are appropriate and necessary, see the book.

Judicial Reform

For prospective legislation, see Judicial Reform Bill

A modern judiciary act is sorely needed, as the judiciary has begun the decline to tyranny which Thomas Jefferson predicted when he warned "That to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy which at once destroys all religious liberty because he being of course judge of that tendency will make his opinions the rule of judgment and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own." A modern judiciary act should be created to implement broad reforms to the judicial system in the same way that numerous judiciary acts have done so in the past.

Such a judiciary act should implement term limits on federal judges and Supreme Court Justices, requiring them to be reappointed by the President every 8 years in order to retain their positions. It should also specifically enumerate what fundamental Creator-given rights exist (to life, religious freedom, bear arms, trial by jury, a speedy public trial in criminal cases, a fair trial, and fair imprisonment), restore an emphasis on jury decisions instead of those by judges per the 6th Amendment, remove immunity for public officials to the extent allowed under Article 1, Sec. 6 of the U.S. Constitution, and eliminate plea bargaining. Judges who have voted for gay marriage and against voter-approved ballot referendums (per Obergefell v. Hodges) should be impeached and removed whenever possible at both the federal and state levels.

This would be entirely consistent with Article III of the U.S. Constitution which delegates to Congress structuring of the court system. Article III clearly states, from the beginning, that the judicial power is subject to Congressional determination, and further states that Congress has the right to specify what the punishments for specific crimes should be, as well as where trial jurisdiction should lie. Not only does Congress have complete authority to institute lower courts at will, but even the Supreme Court can be regulated, since Congress can determine where Supreme Court trials are held and what the punishment for crimes such as treason should be.

"The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

"...but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed."

"The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason..."

My proposed legislation includes many more reforms, including removal of appellate courts so that jury decisions become absolute, freeing of those who don't get speedy trials within 72 hours, removal of onerous fees with courts fully funded by the U.S. Treasury or state funds (e.g. filing fees, fees for jail/prison stays/probation or parole supervision/electronic monitoring devices/arrest warrants, healthcare/medication/court administration/prosecution/court-ordered drug and alcohol abuse treatment), limited jurisdiction of the courts, a prohibition on plea bargaining, and the removal of qualified immunity.

Land Reform

See also District of Columbia

The District of Columbia should be federalized and taken back under federal control as was historically the case prior to the 1973 District of Columbia Home Rule Act. Given the widespread corruption which has been transpiring in D.C., the mayor and heads of transit, police, shelters, etc. should be federally appointed, either by the President or by Congress. Since elections were instituted in D.C., the Democrats have taken control of the District and are misusing federal funds while creating record levels of homelessness. Shelters intended for the homeless are being used instead to house Democrat protesters even as the rest of the District's poor are abused in an attempt to force them out of the region.

Furthermore, the rich are hoarding land across the country so that 90% of Americans live on just 18% of the land, in violation of the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act. This is due in part to onerous zoning laws and HOAs/POAs which prevent all but the wealthy from purchasing land, even as counties require new construction be done by a few private contractors who give kickbacks to the counties. To resolve the problem, I recommend that landowners with more than 100 acres should be required to sell any of their undeveloped land to anyone who does not own land for $1,000 an acre, and all landowners with more than 1,000 acres should be required to sell undeveloped land to those who do not have land for $500 an acre; ‘undeveloped’ being defined as land which lacks building improvements. HOAs and POAs should be banned from creating requirements that keep out prospective new residents, and Congress should take control of the situation by standardizing zoning laws (including building requirements) nationwide.

States which have mismanaged federal rest areas along highways by preventing overnight rest there, should have said rest areas federalized, taken under federal jurisdiction, to prevent further mismanagement.

Budget Reform

For prospective legislation, see U.S. Budget Proposal

Healthcare

Reforming the budget requires addressing entitlements, as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone combine for over 50% of the U.S. Budget. There are two potentially good alternatives for reforming the current system while reducing costs and expanding coverage.

Block Grants

My original 2009 bill proposed a block grant system to replace the current Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacare system in which government would fund hospitals to provide universal healthcare directly rather than through the expensive and unnecessary middleman, the insurance industry, to reduce costs substantially. Furthermore, voting by patients in hospital lobby voting machines or online about their healthcare experiences would allow better rated hospitals to receive more funds and stay in the system, so that hospitals will compete to provide better quality, lower-costing healthcare. In addressing tort reform, I have proposed sharing of liability by hospitals in medical lawsuits based on the number of hours worked by doctors the week of malpractice incidents, as well as requiring the losing party in medical lawsuits to pay up to $1,000 of the other side's legal fees as a deterrent against frivolous lawsuits.

Simplified HSAs

My newest recommendation for reforming healthcare is simpler and based more upon the free market. I recommend simplifying Health Savings Accounts (originally a Republican idea) and using them in conjunction with Direct Primary Care or Fee-for-Service arrangements. In essence, the Federal Reserve should simply provide HSAs to everyone based on a flat formula which determines accrued benefits based on age lived, so that banks are removed as the middleman from the process (which only drives up costs). Furthermore, the funds should be available for use not only in conventional hospitals but for Direct Primary Care or Fee-For-Service arrangements.

With Direct Primary Care, clinics are paid a flat monthly cost to provide all healthcare needed for a patient in a given month, thus motivating doctors to keep their patients healthy while minimizing their expenses and improving their healthcare experience, typically reducing health costs by 75% or more. Not only is cost reduced but wait times are substantially shortened. With Fee-For-Service, clinics are charged based upon the service needed and, because the expensive insurance industry is removed as a middleman, considerable cost savings can be realized. Needless to say, HSAs hold potential to provide a free market solution in reducing health costs if used with alternatives that avoid the insurance industry such as those mentioned.

Retirement

Concerning Social Security, the age for receiving benefits will inevitably need to be increased to 70, with privatization the ultimate goal-once the U.S. has funds to privatize, of course.

Military

Military should be returned from overseas to guard the borders, so that money paid them will be spent here in the U.S. instead of overseas, while also reducing direct war costs (which comprise the bulk of military spending). Homosexuals should be kept out of the armed forces and taxpayers should not have to fund their sex change operations so they can avoid combat roles, as has been occurring.

Welfare

The current welfare system should be reformed, and allow the poor to live on certain areas of public land (for example national parks and forests) while requiring work in exchange for public welfare, similar to the public works systems used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, in which millions were employed to perform conservation, dig ditches, clean up and repair public buildings and bridges, teach seminars, etc. Group showers should be outlawed in prisons, homeless shelters, and schools to prevent sexual immorality, while allowance should be made for housing of couples in such institutions to stop the government's attack on the nuclear family.

Tax Reform

The individual income tax should be simplified, following a study to determine what 10-15 questions best determine overall wealth, with all other questions then eliminated. The corporate income tax should be simplified so that all tax breaks are eliminated aside from a tax break to companies who hire more U.S. workers in relation to company earnings. This would combat the effects of automation and encourage employers to hire maximally. All taxes on interstate commerce should be prohibited except those necessary to support the state inspection process per Article 1, Sec. 9. All previous workers in the IRS from the Obama era should be fired, given the IRS' widespread corruption during that time period, and the IRS should be required to issue explanations from now on for why tax returns or tax-exempt status is delayed. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution requires a speedy public trial for the accused, yet the IRS can audit taxpayers without any trial process.

Education Reform

Voucher funding on a per-student basis should be allocated fairly from a national fund, so that students from richer neighborhoods do not benefit more than those from poor neighborhoods. Furthermore, taxation of interstate students should be prohibited, as the widespread current practice of taxing out-of-state students three times the tuition of in-state students directly violates Article 4, Sec. 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Accreditation standards for schools and universities should be relaxed and based objectively on standardized test results to ensure religious institutions are no longer discriminated against, as has been occurring.

Electoral Reform

The entire U.S. election system should be remodeled to replace primary elections with an election where all candidates run against one another, with the two top vote-getters running against one another in a final, general election. Party leaders, such as those in the GOP and DNC, should be elected by voters for those parties every four years. Presidents, Senators, and Representatives should all be subject to 16-year term limits. The voting age should be reduced to 16 for members of the military and property owners. Those who engage in voter fraud (e.g. Hudson Hallum) should permanently lose their right to vote. Roe v. Wade and other contentious issues should be put to the ballot so that voters can decide via nationwide ballot referendums.

Trade Reform

Trade embargoes should be used against low-minimum wage countries (those with minimum wages below $4.00/hour in international dollars) with whom the U.S. has over $1 billion in annual imports, to stop countries like China from parasiting off the U.S. to empower communist, fascist dictatorships. The nature of a global free market results in the U.S.' higher minimum wage working against it, as global megacorps send jobs overseas to low minimum wage countries where labor is cheaper. The largest expense for such companies is typically payroll, so the easiest way to increase profits, meet stockholder expectations, and free up money for CEO salaries is to reduce worker pay. On the other hand, a company which refuses to outsource runs the risk that their competitors will do so, so that they will be at a competitive disadvantage. The global free market results in a race to the bottom, driving down worker wages worldwide and rewarding immoral Communist countries such as China which use low minimum wages to attract foreign investment capital. The U.S. is running a $300 billion annual trade deficit with China every year, and the goods made in China are made by workers paid 1/10th that of their U.S. counterparts. Unrestricted free trade harms the U.S., harms workers worldwide resulting in lower wages everywhere, harms democracy, and results in a global income disparity as the rich get ever richer and the poor get poorer.

Immigration Reform

A wall along the southern border is imperative as a defense against the drug smuggling, weapons trafficking, sex trafficking, and terrorist infiltration that's been occurring. However, it should be accompanied by sensible reforms in our immigration process, as well as eVerify to prevent voter fraud. Specifically, the U.S. should issue an apology for the Mexican Repatriation, and the illegal deportation of up to 2 million U.S. citizens of Hispanic heritage during the Great Depression, provide citizenship to those who have served in the U.S. military, and provide citizenship to those with substantial U.S. Native American ancestry (1/16th or more blood quantum). Country-specific immigration quotas should be eliminated and stricter language requirements implemented, however 'merit-based' immigration should be avoided; the poor should have an equal right to come to the United States per the inscription on the Statue of Liberty: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free...'

White House Reform

The Executive Branch should be restructured as was done during Jimmy Carter's presidency, and the unconstitutional position of special prosecutor eliminated, since its legislative authority expired when the 1978 Ethics in Government Act was not renewed in 1999. The Obama administration's pardons should be revoked, along with Donald Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio (a corrupt official who had innocent people framed with bomb parts).

Business Reform

CEO pay at publicly traded companies should be capped in relation to company earnings, given how CEO pay has skyrocketed far above historical norms of 20:1-50:1, to today's level of around 300:1.

Prospective Legislation

I have already introduced a number of my proposed solutions in legislative formats:

Judicial Reform Bill

Legislation with multiple reforms to the judiciary including institution of 8-year term limits for federal judges including Supreme Court Justices unless federally reappointed, removing appellate courts and making jury decisions absolute, freeing those imprisoned who don't get speedy trials within 72 hours, removal of onerous fees with courts fully funded by the U.S. Treasury or state funds (e.g. filing fees, fees for jail/prison stays/probation or parole supervision/electronic monitoring devices/arrest warrants, healthcare/medication/court administration/prosecution/court-ordered drug and alcohol abuse treatment), limited jurisdiction of the courts, prohibition of plea bargaining, and the removal of qualified immunity.

U.S. Budget Proposal

A budget proposal designed to create tens of millions of jobs while reducing the long-term annual budget by hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Specifically would stop trade with low minimum wage countries like China and Mexico, restructure/simplify the tax code to reward companies that hire more U.S. workers in relation to company earnings, cut military procurement spending by having troops guard borders instead of being overseas, etc.

Health Care Reform Bill

A minimalistic universal health care system covering basic care while leaving the private sector intact to cover more advanced niche care. Reduces costs by replacing the current Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacare system using a grant system to make hospitals provide health care directly rather than through the insurance industry while implementing voting machines in hospital lobbies so patients can vote on their experience with higher rated hospitals receiving more funding and staying in the system, thus imitating the free market. Antitrust legislation such as the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act should be enforced against immoral business such as Walmart. The current antitrust exemption to banks allowed as the result of a conflict between the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 should be removed. The government small business loan program should be improved through a randomized lottery pool.