Our health care system needs reform. However, the health care reform bill that was signed into law last Congress has a price tag of more than $1 trillion and does not focus enough on lowering actual health care costs.
I have serious concerns about what implementation of the health care law may mean for South Dakota's families, seniors and small businesses. As enacted, the law increases health insurance premiums for businesses and cuts more than $500 billion from Medicare, which could reduce health care access and quality for South Dakota seniors. That is why I support repealing the health care law and replacing it with consumer driven reforms that will cut costs.
Our nation needs health care reforms that offer common-sense solutions to lower health care costs, expand access and not break the bank. I support a plan that covers people with pre-existing conditions, allows those under the age of 26 to stay on their parent's policy, permits small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance at a lower cost, allows individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and enacts meaningful medical liability reform.
Updated July 29, 2011