10 GOP Ideas for Health Care Reform Newt Gingrich, John Goodman answer Obama's challenge By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 10, 2010 7:54 AM CST 57 comments Comments Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a Republican congressional fundraiser in Washington last year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Newser) – Newt Gingrich and economist John C. Goodman have responded to President Obama's challenge for Republicans to show him a better idea on health care reform with 10 ideas. Here's what they list in the Wall Street Journal. Make insurance affordable. This could be done by reforming the "arbitrary and unfair" taxation on health insurance. Make health insurance portable. Employers should give employees insurance that can be brought from job to job, and people should be able to buy insurance across state lines. Meet the needs of the chronically ill. Help them take charge of their own care with Health Savings Accounts. Allow doctors and patients to control costs. Doctors and patients should be liberated from government-imposed payment rates that reward physicians for treating the sick but not for keeping healthy people healthy. Don't cut Medicare. Medicare's on an unsustainable course, but the $500 billion in cuts the Democrats propose are not the answer. Protect early retirees. A bridge to Medicare can and should be built to help the millions who retire before they qualify. Inform consumers. Government data on cost and quality should be made public. Eliminate junk lawsuits. "We do not need to study or test medical malpractice any longer," Gingrich and Goodman write, pointing to Texas' liability protection efforts as a model. Stop health care fraud. Approaches including third-party liability verification, and electronic payment can help cut the $120 billion lost to fraud every year, Make medical breakthroughs accessible to patients. Red tape should be cut to get new drugs and treatments to patients faster.