Americans will benefit from having a vigorous private market place for healthcare and healthcare insurance that is based upon free market principles and individual rights. This notion is entirely consistent with American history and tradition and is in conformity with the Constitution of the United States of America. This will promote innovation, maximize quality and choice, and minimize cost for consumers.
An appropriate role of the federal government, with certain limitations, is to appropriately regulate healthcare to the extent that it represents interstate commerce (see the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8)) in order to protect the public. However, this should not be construed to mean that government should force individuals or other private entities to participate in the private healthcare market place nor should it be construed to mean that government should completely take over healthcare, displacing the private market place altogether. Such actions on the part of the federal government would represent an unconstitutional expansion of federal power that would threaten our constitutionally guaranteed individual rights as well as the rights of the states (see the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution).