Serving on the House Subcommittee on Health, I have used my position to advocate for policies which will improve access to quality, affordable healthcare and lower the cost of insurance. I was proud to help establish the first Medicare Prescription drug benefit plan for seniors and have supported efforts to help small businesses provide health insurance to their employees. I have also been a strong advocate for the expansion of community health centers as they fill a much-needed gap in the country's health safety net for low- and middle-income families. For the past five years I have been honored by the National Association of Community Health Centers as a "Distinguished Health Champion" for my efforts to improve health care access to medically underserved populations.
This year, Congress passed President Obama's controversial healthcare reform legislation. I opposed this new law for a number of reasons and support repealing many of its provisions. My main concerns about this legislation were over the impact the bill will have on the quality and cost of care Kentuckians receive; how it will affect small businesses owners already hard-hit in the midst of the economic recession; the impact this package will have on the national debt; the cuts to Medicare services; and the negative impact it will have on consumer choice. As a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I worked hard to make improvements to the bill as it made its way through Congress and introduced "10 Steps to a Healthier America," a package of proposals which would have increased access to quality healthcare and services while lowering costs for all Americans. Moving forward, I have co-sponsored legislation to repeal the healthcare law and am working to find ways to improve the new policy.