Our health care system serves too few people at far too high a cost. It is a moral outrage that 47 million Americans have no healthcare coverage and live their lives one disease away from catastrophe. Millions more pay for complex and confusing private health insurance. Our businesses are made uncompetitive by spiraling cost increases.
In Congress, I will aggressively pursue health care reform that covers all Americans and reduces costs in the system. We achieve the first objective by creating a basic coverage plan offered to everyone, with subsidies for those who can't afford it otherwise. We achieve the second objective in part by shifting our emphasis from disease care toward prevention and healthy living, practicing evidence-based medicine, and putting technology and administrative standardization in place to reduce staggering overhead costs.