During the second policy breakout session at RightOnline the most widely attended breakout session today was on health care. Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation said at the beginning of the breakout session said that the left is acting very defensive as conservatives have the edge according to Benefield on health care reform. This comes after Pennsylvania has been witness by the recent town hall meltdowns by Senator Arlen Specter.
Benefield also stated that individuals should be charge in their health care dollars with the decisions being made by doctors and patients. Benefield also mentioned that Pennsylvania laws that prohibit low costs on prescription drugs are affecting the quality of health care. Pennsylvania like Wisconsin has a law that prohibits retailers like Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart from selling prescription drugs for only four dollars for the top fifty drugs.
Another issue that was also mentioned was about mandates in health care. There are mandates like community rating and certificate of need laws in a majority of states that have been linked directly to increasing health care costs. Pennsylvania according to Benefield has 52 different mandates for health insurance under their laws. This has been a factor in which Pennsylvania has some of the highest health insurance costs in the entire United States. But, with new mandates in the books for autism and cochlear implants passed in other states are setting a collision course for higher health insurance.