America has the highest quality medical care in the world, but we must take measures to reduce costs and make access to health insurance more affordable for everyone. One of Jim's first votes in Congress will be to repeal and replace the recent health care overhaul bill. He believes the key to making health care more affordable lies with increasing competition and eliminating unnecessary overhead costs on the system, not with a new government takeover of the healthcare system.
Jim supports health care reform that allows consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, and he believes that tort reform will reduce health care costs further. Tort reform would help curb the number of junk lawsuits filed against doctors, which would in turn lower the cost of malpractice premiums and reduce overhead costs on hospitals. Tort reform would also help eliminate the need for the practice of defensive medicine and would reduce health care costs by as much as $200 billion a year.