Congress must work toward legislation that places decisions about health care plans and coverage costs back in the hands of patients without burdening the tax payers and increasing the national deficit.
My Plan for America's Health Care Future
There’s little question that Obamacare is going to raise the cost of health care for nearly every American and will decrease access to care. As The Hill recently reported, in Colorado, the cost for the most affordable bare-bones insurance plan available is going to increase 140 percent, and it’s estimated that most Coloradans could see their plans increase by as much as 134 percent on average.
To make matters worse, you don’t even have a choice to opt out. Under the law’s individual mandate, you must purchase health insurance or be forced to pay a steep fine. Furthermore, one of my biggest concerns with Obamacare is that we’re seeing doctors drop out of the system because they can no longer afford to see increasing numbers of Medicare and Medicaid patients under Obamacare. There is a quantitative difference between everybody in the country having health insurance versus quality health care. We can have all of the insurance in the world, but if there aren’t doctors there to accept it, we’re going to be hurting health care in America.
That’s wrong. Our health care system shouldn’t force people to enroll into plans they can’t afford, don’t want, and at the end of the day may not even provide access to care. Our health care system should instead empower patients to choose the plan that’s right for them and their family and provide them with ability to get the quality care they need and deserve.
I believe such a system is possible.
But to get there, Obamacare needs to go.
I’m proud to say that I’ve voted with my House colleagues to repeal, replace and defund this bad law many times, and will continue do so as long as it takes to put into place a health care system in this country that will provide all Americans with affordable, accessible and quality care.
What would an affordable and accessible health care system look like?
I believe these general elements should be included at its core:
- Lower costs by increasing plan options and market competition amongst insurance providers
- Preserve and strengthen Medicare and other critical programs for seniors
- Ensure coverage for all Americans regardless of pre-existing conditions by expanding state pools
- Protect doctor-patient relationships and safeguard sensitive health care records
- Enact comprehensive tort reform to protect patients while preventing frivolous lawsuits that drive up health care costs and punish health care providers
- Increase opportunities for small businesses to pool together to provide affordable health insurance options for employees and their families
- Keep the promise to seniors: That means no change in Medicare coverage for those 55 and older
With this in mind, one piece of legislation that I’m considering is Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) Empowering Patient’s First Act (H.R. 2300). Based on what I’ve seen so far, Dr. Price’s plan includes the ideas I mention above, and then some. Most important, the plan would ensure that health care is affordable for all Americans, and all would have access to quality care—including those with pre-existing conditions.
I like a lot of what’s in this plan.
Would you be willing to join me in looking H.R. 2300 over and then taking a moment to let me know what you think? You can learn more about the Empowering Patient’s First Act by visiting Dr. Price’s website here. He has a section by section breakdown of the bill, as well as a general overview of what’s in it.
Once you’ve had a chance to take a look, I invite you to send me an email with the subject H.R. 2300. I’m eager to hear what you like about it, what concerns you may have, and any ideas you’d like to share on what the future of America’s health care system should be.
Since getting to Congress I’ve been a steadfast ally in the fight to defund, repeal and replace Obamacare. I’m proud of my record of standing up for the American people and working for a better health care system that doesn’t raise taxes by more than a trillion dollars, kill jobs, restrict access to care, cut benefits to seniors and make insurance unaffordable for families, young people and small businesses while still leaving at least 30 million Americans uninsured or lacking access to quality health care.
In the House of Representatives we’ve voted a total of 40 times to repeal, defund and replace Obamacare and the programs under it. I recently voted to prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any of the President’s health care law and last voted for full repeal of Obamacare in May, 2013.
Despite the American people’s opposition to the individual mandate and to the much of what is in Obamacare, the Senate has not taken a single vote to fully repeal or defund the law, and the President—the law’s namesake—has said he will veto any such attempt.
This has not stopped me from working to repeal this bad law.
We’ve had some success in the House to begin dismantling Obamacare piece by piece. So far, we’ve managed to get eight pieces of repeal legislation signed into law, and in doing so have defunded billions of dollars from being used to implement it and put an end to several bad programs.
I would like to see the Senate and President take up the full repeal and defunding efforts we have passed in the House and put a definitive end to Obamacare, but as long as Democrats have the White House and the majority in the Senate, that’s not the political reality in which we live. The Senate and President have proven that they will not let the legislative process work, and will block any attempt by the House to fully defund or repeal Obamacare at any cost.
In spite of this, the President continues to instruct his Administration to issue waivers, provide subsidies, and delay implementation of Obamacare for some segments of the population and not others, further proving that the law is unworkable, fails to provide affordable or accessible health care, and will hurt the economy and cost jobs. I believe that’s wrong. Obamacare should be delayed for all Americans or none, and the President should not be picking winners and losers under the law.
We've passed legislation in the House to delay the individual mandate. During a recent House GOP member conference call, leadership indicated that the House would continue efforts in the near future to stop the implementation of Obamacare, including delaying the individual mandate. The form of these efforts has not yet been put forward, but I can assure you that whatever it may be, I will represent the people of the 3rd District and will vote to dismantle this bad law in the most effective way possible.
I will continue to fight in the House to repeal and defund Obamacare. There is no question that we must dismantle this bad law.
As we have the conversation on the best ways to move forward with health care reform in this country and weigh the options on the most effective strategy to repeal, defund and replace Obamacare, I welcome your ideas and feedback and invite you to contact me anytime.Return to the top of the page
The following overview of House efforts to repeal, defund and replace Obamacare has been compiled by the House GOP Conference and is reproduced below:
House Republicans have tackled Obamacare on all fronts and share the same end goal: full repeal. Below is a compilation of floor actions to fight Obamacare.
Eight Obamacare provisions have been repealed / have had funding rescinded and signed into law:
- Repealed onerous 1099 tax reporting requirement imposed on small businesses
- Reduced improper Exchange subsidy overpayments
- Repealed Free-Choice Vouchers
- Reduced funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP)
- Reduced funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) rationing board,
- Reduced funding for the Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund (PPHF)
- Reduced a Medicaid formula drafting error included in the “Louisiana Purchase”
- Repealed the CLASS Act Program
Including full repeal in the 113th, 40 Floor votes will have been taken to repeal, defund, or dismantle the law. Republicans won't stop there; we will continue to pursue strategic opportunities to do oversight and get other de-funding and repeal bills to President Obama's desk.Return to the top of the page
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