Americans deserve a better health care solution than the law passed by Congress last year. I voted for the health care repeal bill because doing otherwise would support the job-destroying status quo, and that is unacceptable.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), passed in the last Congress, will cause job loss, increase the U.S. national debt, create additional paperwork for small business, and expand federal bureaucracies and programs.
I believe all Americans deserve access to quality and timely health care and that we must focus on common sense reforms that lower health care costs and make it more affordable across the board. I support eliminating the parts of the health care law that increase costs and mandates, but keeping the parts that improve accessibility, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, I support allowing dependent children to remain on their parents' insurance policy until age 26.
The repeal vote was the first step to our efforts to eliminate those mandates hurting our small businesses and families and toward moving forward with reforms where we have bipartisan consensus.
Bill by bill, I am committed to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner. We can find common ground on the parts of health care reform we agree on and we can focus on eliminating the portions of the bill that stifle job creation, such as the 1099 requirements in the legislation, which hurt small businesses.