Colorado gubernatorial candidate's plan for health care includes 'free-market' option on American Indian reservations

By: The Gazette
April 7, 2014 Updated: April 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve House is unveiling a plan to help Americans circumvent mainstream health care regulations by allowing patients to go to clinics and hospitals on Indian reservations.

The idea, according to a prepared statement released Sunday by the House campaign, is to create "a free-market option for state-of-the-art care at sovereign American Indian reservations, which would be able to bypass excessive federal regulation."

House said, "This week I will begin discussing with Colorado voters a plan to engage business partners to build and operate state-of-the-art medical centers on Indian reservations in and around Colorado."

Patients wouldn't go to such facilities for a sore throat - most Colorado residents live hours away from the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in the southwest corner of the state. But House said reservations everywhere might benefit from "medical tourism" involving some procedures that constitute a fast-growing industry overseas.

House said patients seeking care at the unregulated facilities would likely need to sign a liability waiver before seeking care. He plans to engage people with knowledge of Indian reservations business and protocols.

There are hundreds of recognized tribes in the U.S., but not all have reservations lands.

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