We must cut the duplication and the fat from the healthcare budget. Our families deserve to be allowed to put their healthcare needs back in the hands of their trusted family physicians. So far we've had to work with temporary measures, but now we have a chance at fundamental reform.
Across this state, and the country, we are seeing a growing crisis in healthcare. With an aging population, more and more working people without health benefits, and thousands of children without even basic healthcare, it's clear that this issue is and will be at the forefront for some time to come. Here in Louisiana, we rank near the bottom of more healthcare categories that I have time to list. As with our education system, our healthcare system is both under-funded and mismanaged. The money that is there is not going where we need it most - charity hospitals, uninsured citizens, and the elderly who can't afford the care they need. But a huge part of the problem is that the healthcare industry across the country is reeling from one lawsuit after another. Thankfully, Louisiana is one of a handful of states that have effective tort reform laws to prevent these frivolous lawsuits from growing out of control - and I'll fight to protect it.