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Issue Position: Health Care

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On March 23, 2010, the President signed his massive government-takeover of health care into law. Such overreach into every American's personal life is not only unprecedented but unconstitutional. Since coming to Congress, I have been committed in repealing Obamacare and replacing it with reforms that will empower patients, preserve the physician-patient relationship and lower health care costs. One of the first bills that I cosponsored was to fully repeal Obamacare and I voted for its passage on the Floor of the House of Representatives. Since the President and the Democrat-controlled Senate have blocked efforts to repeal Obamacare, I have supported numerous bills to dismantle it piece-by-piece. I am the lead sponsor the Medicaid Flexibility for States Act in the House, which repeals the Medicaid unfunded mandate that Obamacare imposes on states.

Our nation's health care system is in need of reform that will provide every American access to affordable health care. I believe that consumer-driven health care will ensure quality and lower costs. Since I have opted out of participating in a federal health plan, I have seen for myself how Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) allow individuals to make personal health care decisions with tax-free dollars. I introduced legislation to repeal a provision in Obamacare that restricts the ability to purchase over-the-counter medicine with HSA or FSA funds.

I am a cosponsor of H.R. 371, the Health Care Choice Act, which will allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines. We must also have meaningful tort reform that will stop frivolous lawsuits, which is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 5, the HEALTH Act and supported its passage in the Judiciary Committee.


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