I believe all Americans deserve access to affordable health care; however, the answer to high costs does not lie with government involvement, increased regulation, or mandates. In fact, those steps often depress the efficiency of programs and create additional costs.
While I support reforming America's health care system, Public Law 111-148, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," created a massive new bureaucracy without addressing the underlying problems plaguing our health care system. Instead, the law moves us towards higher taxes, less choice, increased consumer costs, and the beginnings of a bureaucratic wall between doctors and patients. To read more about my concerns regarding H.R. 3590 click here.
I support repealing this law and replacing it with effective reforms that make health care in this country more affordable, accessible and patient-centered without growing the size of government. We can use a market-based approach through things like medical liability reform, tax reforms to level the playing field between huge corporations and those purchasing insurance on the individual market and allowing the purchase of insurance policies across state lines. Through these and other reforms, I know we can vastly improve our health care system without growing the size of government and inserting a bureaucrat between a patient and his doctor.
For information regarding Medicare, click here. As with any other issue of concern to you, I hope you'll take the time to let me know how you feel about this issue.