Mr. FLAKE. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
It's no secret that the U.S. health care system is broken; however, instead of strengthening the system, the Affordable Care Act took a top-down approach that will leave patients and taxpayers worse off than they were before.
I believe Americans should have access to effective and affordable care. This can best be accomplished by using market forces to improve quality and control cost.
I support allowing individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines and the expansion of associated health plans, health savings accounts, and other free-market reforms that allow individuals to be in control of their own healthcare decisions.
Americans have a choice when they buy a car or go to the grocery store. Why can't they have that same choice when purchasing something as important as health care?
I also support allowing small employers and individuals to pool together to purchase health insurance, thereby giving them greater buying power to negotiate when purchasing a plan.
Expanding health savings accounts not only gives individuals maximum flexibility in determining how to spend their health care dollars, but it encourages saving and helps reduce the overall cost of health care.
Finally, I support reforming the tax code so individuals get the same incentives that employers currently have for purchasing health care.
These measures will make health care more affordable, and unlike the law we are repealing today, they are sustainable.