While millions of Americans fear the impending Obamacare law and its impacts on the economy and small business, Rodney Davis, Republican nominee in the 13th Congressional District of Illinois Monday announced a market-based replacement to the President's health care plan.
On a conference call with reporters Monday, Davis unveiled a plan to keep patient-doctor relationships in place, and encourages innovative solutions to address the nation's health care needs.
"A government-run health care system is not the answer," said Davis. "The United States has the best health care in the world, and I will not allow the government to stand in the way of the patient-doctor relationship. My plan keeps that relationship in place and helps people all across the district receive proper health care services."
Davis was joined on the call by Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA,) an orthopedic surgeon who authored the Republican alternative to Obamacare.
"Rodney has a common-sense plan to address the challenges in our health care system," said Dr. Price. "The American people know that the president's health care reform law is the wrong path for our country, and so I appreciate Rodney showing real leadership with his positive solutions."
Meanwhile, Davis' opponent in the November election, David Gill, says Obamacare doesn't go far enough. He would institute a single-payer, government run health care plan, and says he would eliminate Medicare.
"The last thing we ought to be doing is giving Washington greater authority over America's health care system," said Dr. Price. "Individuals, families, and their doctors ought to be the one's making health care decisions. Rodney Davis has a plan focused on empowering individuals, not bureaucrats."
Davis, and his wife, Shannon, have a personal experience with the importance of a patient-doctor relationship.
"When Shannon was diagnosed with colon cancer 14 years ago, it was after she had been misdiagnosed for months," Davis said. "We were able to fire doctors and choose doctors and make the decisions that we knew we had to make. I don't know if we would have been so lucky if the government were controlling our health care decisions."