Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the insurance marketplace for Obamacare opened, I have heard scores of stories regarding the problems that people and employers are experiencing in finding coverage that is actually affordable. This ill-conceived law is continuing to cause massive uncertainty as we see the effect this law is having on job growth, economic growth, and American families.
Proponents of Obamacare originally said that it would lower costs, improve quality, and cover those that had a pre-existing condition. Yet, today we see that it will actually cost jobs, reduce choices, lower the quality of care, and hurt the very people it was intended to help. Congress must continue to work to fully repeal Obamacare and to reform of our health care system with the objectives of increasing health care access, lowering costs, and improving the stability of this important segment of our economy.Health care reform should focus on re-establishing the patient-doctor relationship (without bureaucratic interference) and should rely on free market, private sector principles.
Our health care system does need reform, but a government takeover of our nation’s health care system, turning it into yet another bloated federal bureaucracy, is not the solution. I support real health care reform that will lower the cost of care by including medical liability reform, promoting competition by allowing customers to form associations to purchase insurance across state lines, and by developing state-based solutions to address pre-existing conditions.
I support the reforms to Medicare and Medicaid found in the House Path to Prosperity Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. This plan includes major proposals to save and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. The plan also sets forth a framework to save Social Security for all generations of Americans. Regarding Medicaid, this plan does not cut Medicaid benefits, but simply would convert the federal share of Medicaid payments into block grants to states. This reform is very similar to what the government did with welfare in the late 1990s. The initial allotment would be exactly as much as the states are receiving to pay for Medicaid today and would grow each year to account for inflation and population. This would allow states to tailor their programs to their low-income populations, providing states with flexibility to focus benefits on the specific needs of the state.