Libertarian Candidate Wants 'Free Market Approach' to Health Care: 'Stitches R Us'

Susan Jones | June 23, 2016 | 9:30am EDT
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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. (AP File Photo)

( - Gary Johnson, the Liberatarian candidate for president, told a CNN town hall Wednesday night that he would sign on to any to plan that brings a free-market, competitive approach to health care.

"And if we could bring genuine competition to health care, health care would be one-fifth the cost of what it is right now. You would have Stitches R Us. You would have advertised pricing with outcomes that you -- you'd see published outcomes. Something that right now, when any of us go to the doctor, we have no idea what it's going to cost, we have no idea what the outcome is going to be. We get a bill. We know that nobody is going to actually pay the amount of money that's on that bill.

"Well, if there were a free market for health care, I think you'd see dramatic savings, and it's all about savings. Look, it's all about savings, it's all about more effective delivery of health care."

Johnson said his insurance premiums recently have quadrupled. "I haven't seen a doctor in three years. I'm agreeing with Chief Justice Roberts that it [Obamacare] is a tax.

"And bringing free-market approach to health care, we would not have insurance to cover ourselves for ongoing medical need. We would have insurance to cover ourselves for catastrophic injury and illness."

Johnson also said there should be a "safety net" for Americans who don't purchase health insurance.

Asked if he supports the Republican health care plan outlined by House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, Johnson said he'd take a look at it. "And if it accomplishes the notion of lower costs and as good or better health care, count on a signature."

On immigration, Johnson denounced Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall and deport millions of illegal aliens "incendiary."

"Building a fence across the border borders on insanity," Johnson said.

"We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this country and work to be able to get a work visa. I'm not talking about a green card; I'm not talking about citizenship, but a work visa that should entail a background check and a Social Security card so that applicable taxes get paid.

"They are not taking jobs that U.S. citizens want. They're hard-working individuals. The reason for the 11 million illegal immigrants is because there are jobs that exist in this country and they can't get across the border legally, so they cross illegally.

Johnson said achieving U.S. citizenship "will still be a process."

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