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Monday, October 21, 2013


I’m continually impressed by our medical students. You know, we invited U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to the 2013 TMA Fall Conference as part of our continuing desire to have conversations with our elected officials from both sides of the aisle. After the audience spent nearly an hour hearing the senator’s views on the recent meltdown on Capitol Hill and the deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and we agree with a number of his views in that regard — the chair of the governing council of TMA’s Medical Student Section went to the microphone. “Politics aside, in your frank and personal opinion, are there inadequacies, are there deficiencies, in health care that merit attention?” Baylor College of Medicine student Arindam Sarkar asked. Senator Cruz responded by listing three “critical reforms”:
  1. Allow the interstate purchase of health insurance “to create a true, 50-state, national marketplace” free from the various states’ coverage mandates.
  2. Expand health savings accounts to cover more routine and preventive care.
  3. Uncouple health insurance from employment to make it portable and less dependent on shifts in the economy. 

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