Jordan: Empower the patient

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Aug. 22—LIMA — Congressman Jim Jordan joined a policy roundtable on healthcare with the Americans for Prosperity organization to discuss the Personal Options Legislative Agenda. The roundtable hosted physicians Dr. JJ Sreenan and Dr. Bernard Bubanic, along with Jordan, R-Urbana, and Senior Policy Fellow Dean Clancy.

According to its mission statement, Americans for Prosperity is a nonprofit organization that engages friends and neighbors on key issues and encourages them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit where people succeed by helping one another. This organization recruits citizens across the nation to advance policies it believes will help improve lives.

"Today is about the beginning," said Ezra Escudero, Director of Coalitions, Americans for Prosperity. "We are talking about personal options and ideas to make health a priority in this country because miracles happen every day. Lives are changed every single day.

"It is not that we do not have the best doctors, nurses, professionals, and technology for Americans. That is not the case. The case is far too often, even with the best intentions, there are a lot of barriers in the way. A lot of bureaucracy gets in the way of patients and providers and their ability to make the best choices for individual circumstances. The one-size-fits-all approach just does not work. Getting to learn about these ideas and sharing that message is starting at events like this."

According to their website, the personal option is a legislative agenda that focuses on removing barriers and empowering patients to expand choice, reduce costs and give Americans control over their care.

Panelist Dr. Bernard Bubanic shares his personal experience of providing healthcare.

"We take primary care and we do multidisciplinary," said Bubanic. "We have primary care, chiropractic, physical therapy, and behavioral health. We put all that together and treat the patient. We do it at a set fee. The biggest challenge is insurance companies. They want do not want that and want to dictate care. If you have a good patient-doctor relationship that is your prior authorization. We need to get back to what is wrong with you, what can I do for you and here are your options."

Congressman Jim Jordan weighed in on healthcare.

"We see this attack on liberty in general," said Jordan. "Your first amendment right. Your second amendment right. Your fourth amendment due process rights. Things we just thought we would never witness in America. That all gives energy to what we are talking about here. Empowering the individual and empowering the patient. In the end, I always trust the people of this great country to get it right. They are easily very ahead of politicians."