Providing the Consumer with Choices, Not Mandates
I have long supported legislation that expands access to care, reins in treatment costs, and educates both our youth and seniors on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Naturally, in these times talking about health care reform usually centers on President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since it was signed into law in March of 2010, the ACA has continually caused headaches for patients and providers alike. There are positive elements within the bill such as: guaranteeing access to insurance for patients with preexisting conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26, or allowing certain insurers to sell policies across state lines. However, what was jammed down Americans’ throats without a single Republican vote in Congress does far more harm than good.
I have voted to repeal the ACA, in parts or all together, more than 50 times since its passage. I will continue to push my colleagues in the House to repeal every harmful provision in the bill that has led to increased premiums, ballooning deductibles, or losing access to preferred providers. Insurance should be portable, accessible, affordable and flexible which means you should be able to take it with you regardless of where you live, you should be able to see the doctors you want to see and you shouldn’t have to pay for coverage you don’t need. And Obamacare is not the answer.