Healthcare and American Values
The first step in fixing our healthcare system is defining core value statements that we believe are universal to the American experience and dream. We propose these to be:
1. Equal Opportunity
We believe people make decisions in their own best interests when given the freedom and resources to do so. We believe that government's appropriate role in healthcare should be restricted to:
Patient protection from birth to death both medically and financially.
Economic stability for patients, providers, and employers.
Ensuring a competitive and entrepreneurial healthcare industry which answers to the entire of the American public.
2. Personal Responsibility and Self Determination
A free person decides how to live their own life, what risks to take, what dreams to pursue. Freedom to make decisions, take risks, to succeed and fail, without permission or consensus, is the definition of freedom. We may agree or disagree with others' choices - but the ability to make our own choices, without infringing on the freedoms of others, is a hallmark of democracy.
3. Public Good
The overall public and economic benefit through certain government programs is greater than the scale of all the individual benefits combined. A strong, targeted and effective Public Health Department system strengthens our shared national infrastructure, human capital, and defense.
Americans are charitable. They take care of their own, their communities, and strangers in need. They are compassionate and empathetic. They share and honor their personal values through their daily actions and sacrifices.
ATP is based on these four values. We believe that these values transcend political parties, gender, age, ethnicity, race. They are our shared identity as Americans. The unite us as nothing else does.