Missouri doctor suggests his own brand of health care reform

For years, Americans have talked (and often complained) about the costs of their health care, and whether their insurance coverage helped or hurt their ability to manage that health care.

Leading up to the 2008 presidential elections, Barack Obama’s campaign included a pledge to make changes in the way health care is handled nationally, which resulted in last year’s federal law that’s generated lots of controversy and several lawsuits — with the final decision on its authority likely to be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Many opponents of the federal law point to a recent decision in a Florida federal court, that declared the entire federal law unconstitutional.

“If the United States Supreme Court upholds that decision,” said Missouri state Sen. Robert Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, “then now is the time to really look at a true reform package that really would reform health care.”

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Schaaf, a medical doctor since 1983, has introduced nearly a dozen proposed laws on the subject. As Schaaf sees it, competition will make sure that costs are lower and services improved.

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