Illinois Policy Institute Announces Alternative to Obamacare


Together with 32 State Think Tanks, Illinois Policy Institute Announces Patient-Centered Health Care Reforms

On Tuesday, October 13, in response to national calls for an alternative to Obamacare, representatives from the Illinois Policy Institute—together with 32 other state think tanks—will announce their “patient-centered” plan for health care reform.  The proposal, which is adapted from a national study by public policy specialist Art Laffer, will be described in detail, together with a Q & A, on a conference call open to the national press.

“President Obama and other supporters of government-run health care like to proclaim that there’s no alternative to their plans,” said John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute. “Our patient-centered reform package offers a clear alternative that puts patients, not bureaucrats, first.  It protects the doctor-patient relationship, offers viable solutions for the uninsured, and keeps medical care affordable for all Americans.”

Speakers on the press call, which will take place at 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 13, will include:

•    John Tillman, CEO, Illinois Policy Institute
•    Donna Arduin, Partner, Arduin, Laffer & Moore, Econometrics
•    Arlene Wohlgemuth, Senior Fellow, Center for Health Care Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
•    Tarren Bragdon, CEO, Maine Heritage Policy Center  
•    Linda Gorman, Health Care Policy Center Director, Independence Institute
•    Roger Stark, Center for Health Care Policy Analyst, Washington Policy Center

The call will cover the details of the health care proposal, as well as the economic impacts of government-run health care, the problems with a Medicaid expansion, Maine’s health care disaster, cautionary tales from Canada, and practical state-based health care solutions.  

The full plan, along with the list of think tank signatories, is available at  In addition, Jerry Agar, the Institute’s Senior Multimedia Fellow, will be releasing a podcast of the call on shortly after the event.  Also, our CEO, John Tillman, will be appearing on the Don Wade & Roma Morning Show on WLS-AM at 6:20 a.m. tomorrow morning to discuss this event.

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We, the undersigned leaders of state think tanks, believe that expanding the role of government in the health care market is not the change that America needs. Congress should focus on a patient-centered approach to health care reform that respects the patient-doctor relationship and empowers the patient and the doctor to make effective and economical health policy choices.

To read a full report on patient-centered reforms from
economist Art Laffer, click here.

A patient-centered health care reform:


Begins with individual ownership of insurance policies. The tax deduction that allows employers to own your insurance should instead be given to the individual

Leverages Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). HSAs empower individuals to monitor their health care costs and create incentives for individuals to use only those services that are necessary

Allows interstate purchasing of insurance. Policies in some states are more affordable because they include fewer bells and whistles, and consumers should be empowered to decide which benefits they need and what prices they are willing to pay

Reduces the number of mandated benefits insurers are required to cover. Empowering consumers to choose which benefits they need is only effective if insurers are able to fill these needs

Reallocates the majority of Medicaid spending into simple vouchers for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance. An income-based sliding scale voucher program would eliminate much of the massive bureaucracy that is needed to implement today's complex and burdensome Medicaid system and produce considerable cost savings

Eliminates unnecessary scope-of-practice laws and allows non-physician health care professionals practice to the extent of their education and training. Retail clinics have shown that increasing the provider pool safely increases competition and access to care and empowers the patient to decide from whom they receive their care

Reforms tort liability laws. Defensive medicine needlessly drives up medical costs and creates an adversarial relationship between doctors and patients


John Tillman
Illinois Policy Institute

John McClaughry
Ethan Allen Institute

Barrett E. Kidner
Chairman & CEO
Caesar Rodney Institute

Brandon Dutcher
VP for Policy
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Inc.

Carlo LoParo
The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions

Annette T. Meeks
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Mitch Pearlstein
Center of the American Experiment

Brooke Rollins
President & CEO
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Dr. Donald P. Racheter
Public Interest Institute

Forest Thigpen
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Dann Mead Smith
Washington Policy Center

William J. Felkner
Ocean State Policy Research Institute

Craig Ladwig
Indiana Policy Review Foundation

John Hood
John Locke Foundation

Dave Trabert
Flint Hills Center for Public Policy

Shaka L.A. Mitchell
Exec. Vice President
Tennessee Center for Policy Research

Carl Graham
Montana Policy Institute

Lynn Harsh
Evergreen Freedom Foundation

Matthew J. Brouillette
President & CEO
Commonwealth Foundation

Edmund J. McMahon
Empire Center for New York State Policy

J. Robert McClure, III
President & CEO
James Madison Institute

Paul J. Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation

Kevin P. Kane
Pelican Institute for Public Policy

Wayne Hoffman
Executive Director
Idaho Freedom Foundation

Jamie Story
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Brett Healy
John. K MacIver Institute for Public Policy

Paul T. Mero
Sutherland Institute

Joseph G. Lehman
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Jon Caldara
Independence Institute

Brett Narloch
Executive Director
North Dakota Policy Council

Sharon J. Rossie
Nevada Policy Research Institute

Tarren R. Bragdon
Maine Heritage Policy Center

Kelly McCutchen
Exec. VP
Georgia Public Policy Foundation