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Issue Position: Health Care

Issue Position


Rep. Whitfield is committed to improving the nation's health care system and providing affordable health care to all Americans. During his time in Congress, Rep. Whitfield has consistently supported efforts to reduce the cost of health insurance and provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. The issue is one of immense complexity because factors such as age, geographic location, state laws, and employment status all play a role in determining the cost and availability of health care.

Rep. Whitfield is especially focused on reforming our nation's health care system to ensure all Americans have access to the care they need at a price they can afford. Rep. Whitfield believes, however, that the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (PPACA) sometimes referred to as "Obamacare", is simply not the way to reform health care. PPACA was crafted behind closed doors without Republican input and did not take into account the opinion of the majority of the American public. The goal of health care reform was to lower cost and increase access--PPACA does the exact opposite. The law slashes Medicare by over $500 billion, imposes a $500 billion tax hike on Americans, increases the cost of health care, and kills jobs. Its enormous cost will add substantially to our national deficit, and its mandates for employers will only thwart our economic recovery.

In the current session of Congress, Rep. Whitfield has voted to repeal the law and also voted to prevent funding for its implementation. He knows there needs to be reform to ensure quality care at the lowest price possible, something that was not accomplished by the PPACA. Rep. Whitfield serves on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on health and has crafted ten proposals he plans to advocate for to help ensure Kentuckians receive the care and treatment they need at a cost they can afford.

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