While I agree we do need to adjust our healthcare system, Government-run healthcare is not the answer. We need to make reforms that will reduce costs and ensure personal healthcare decisions are made by patients, their families and their doctors. Here is how we can do it:
1. Individuals and families should be able to keep the same insurance when they change jobs.
2. Insurance should not be restricted by state lines.
3. Self employed individuals and families should be able to join a group plan and enjoy the same tax advantages as corporations.
4. Insurance companies should not be allowed to drop individuals or families because of illness.
5. Small businesses should be able to purchase coverage at similar rates as large corporations and government agencies.
6. Medical bills should be more transparent and easier to understand.
7. We must pass comprehensive tort reform.
8. Elected officials should not have special coverage.
I believe we should repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA). When our country is trying to emerge from a recession, the worst thing we can do is enact a law that destroys jobs, raises taxes and adds burdensome mandates on our small businesses.
Not only does this law severely stifle small business growth, but I am also afraid that a government takeover of health care will lead to a race of mediocrity. Mississippi has been a proven leader in medical innovations. The University of Mississippi Medical Center was the first to perform a heart transplant, lung transplant and kidney autotransplant. I, myself, am the beneficiary of a medical miracle, corneal transplantation. We owe it to our children, grandchildren and future generations to not be mediocre, but to be exceptional.
I believe something has to be done about this vastly unpopular law. Our health care system is by no means adequate and our goal is to not only repeal, but to replace. We need to provide buying pools so that individuals in small businesses get the same tax advantages that larger companies receive and ensure access for patients with pre-existing conditions.
The Job Destroying Health Care Law is bad for Mississippi:
· Will cost the State of Mississippi $1.7 billion over 10 years, including $443 million in year 10 alone
· Will extend the Medicaid program to 400,000 new individuals in Mississippi, leaving a program Mississippians cannot afford
· Will cost taxpayers in Mississippi an extra $225 to $250 million a year for FY 2014-2010 to fund the dramatic increase in the Medicaid program
The Job Destroying Health Care Law is bad for America:
· Costs $2.6 trillion when fully implemented and adds $701 billion to the deficit in its first ten years according to House Budget Committee projections
· Includes over $500 billion in tax increases
· Includes more than one-half trillion dollars in Medicare cuts that harm our seniors
· Includes burdensome mandates:
· Requires employers to file IRS 1099 paperwork for transactions over $600
· Imposes a $2,000 tax per employee for employers who fail to offer coverage deemed acceptable by the government
· The National Federation of Independent Business estimates an employer mandate would destroy 1.6 million jobs
· Departs from the over 30 year bipartisan effort to prevent government money from funding abortion and abortion coverage
· Makes health care coverage more expensive for millions of Americans and does not guarantee that you can keep your current coverage
Updated July 25, 2011