Bipartisan governor group, including Alaska, propose new health care reform

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WASHINGTON D.C. (KTUU) - A group of state governors convened Friday to discuss their solution to a problem that has been beleaguering United States politics for years - the country's health care system. According to a plan drafted by five governors across a bipartisan spectrum, the solution could be possible without partisan splits down the line in Congress constantly derailed any hope of an agreeable resolution.

The plan, which can be read in full online, was proposed by Govs. John Kasich (R-Ohio), Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), Tom Wolf (D-Pa.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and Alaska's own Bill Walker, an independent. In it, the group asserts that their bipartisan ship acts as a boon for negotiation, and offered some unifying words.

"Governors understand that, while some issues may temporarily divide us, on most issues we can find agreement and act for the good of our states and country," the report states.

The plan proposes a shift in health care away from quantity-based health care. At a press conference early Friday, Gov. Kasich said, "We don’t want to pay for quantity in medicine, we want to pay for quality."

Instead of health care providers charging based on what the group called "fee-for-service medicine, where you get paid for how many things you do," the proposal would instead put the impetus upon the providers to provide a higher quality of care at a lower cost.

"This is true in our states, where we are increasing access to comprehensive primary care and reducing the incentives for medical providers to overuse marginal or unnecessary services within high cost episodes of care," the plan states. "Reorienting the system on value needs to be our greatest priority."

Though the blueprint plan claims many Americans feel this would be helpful, party lines between a Democrat single-payer system or a Republican tier system have made collaboration difficult. Friday, Gov. Walker said that should not be the case in Congress.

"It's a matter of working collaboratively," Walker said at the press conference. "The solution to health care is not a partisan issue. Health care is a human issue, it's an American issue."

You can watch the entire press conference below: