As the representative of Nevada's Third District and a physician, I have strongly supported efforts to repealthe burdensome "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) and replace it with patient-centered reforms that increase access and lower the cost of health care for Nevadans.
The health care law passed by the Democratic majority last Congress increases government spending by $1.2 trillion, cuts Medicare by $500 billion, and increases taxes by $569 billion. It also includes unfunded mandates that states cannot afford in the form of Medicaid expansions. Nevada health and welfare officials estimate the Medicaid requirement in the bill alone would cost Nevada an additional $613 million by the year 2019. This substantial debt placed upon Nevadans is precisely why wasteful government spending must be removed.
With my strong support, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, a bill to repeal the job-killing health care law, by a vote of 245-189. H.R. 2 was the first piece of legislation in the 112th Congress that shows the new majority's commitment to ending a massive government takeover of the health care industry. It also reaffirms my commitment to supporting many of the principles the law failed to live up to, and to replace it with a patient-centered approach that will reduce health care costs and increase coverage without placing government bureaucrats between physicians and their patients.
As my colleagues and I continue to work to replace this law with patient-centered reforms, please be assured that I will continue to uphold my commitments to the hard-working Nevada taxpayers to restore the federal government to its proper role in our health care system.
The foundation of any reform must be based on:
* Moving insurance away from an employer-provided model and toward an individual-based one.
* Federal tort reform to decrease the costs associated with defensive medicine.
* Maximizing efficiencies in the provision on healthcare through electronic transactions and medical records.
* Safeguarding those who have insurance
* Providing an option for those without insurance to buy in to an existing program
Our system currently works for the majority of Americans. We can make it work for all Americans through common-sense reforms.
Updated July 26, 2011