We must work together to ensure that all Kentucky citizens have access to high-quality, affordable health care. An appropriate starting point is to find a way to provide health care to all Kentucky children. At the same time, we must fully fund Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that our senior citizens have the health services they need.
One proposal that you hear a lot about is tort reform. This proposal would limit the amount of money that could be awarded by our court system to patients who are harmed by their health care provider. I don't believe it is in anybody's interest to punish the victim by tying the hands of our justice system. Tort reform is not a cure for anything. It only helps insurance companies by increasing their profit.
I believe that one of the contributing factors in the rapid increase in health care costs is the availability of new and very expensive technology. I would like to see our health care providers find ways to share technology and I would favor laws and incentives that would encourage the most efficient use of new technology.