As our deficit and national debt figures continue to explode at alarming rates, so too do health care costs. Despite having some of the finest physicians, hospitals and medical centers in the world, America remains a nation with too many of its citizens unable to access affordable health care or who choose to forgo health insurance all together. Major reform is needed to simplify the bureaucratic and complex relationship between health insurance companies and patients, and ensure every American has access to affordable health care.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have passed health care legislation that does not adequately solve this problem, and instead increases federal deficits by more than $562 billion, raises taxes by more than $525 billion, and increases national health care costs by over $311 billion. Not only does this legislation increase deficits, raise taxes, and increase overall healthcare costs, but it creates another level of government bureaucracy between doctors and patients and forces Americans to buy a product they do not want.
In Congress, I will join the fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that puts individual patients and families in control of their own health care plans, not a government bureaucrat. I will support health care reform that increases market-based competition and uses free-market solutions to drive down costs for consumers. I believe solving our healthcare crisis will also require major tort reform in order to prevent insurance companies and physicians from passing on additional costs to consumers. By increasing transparency and competition, Congress can make the positive and lasting changes that will lower healthcare costs and give affordable options to every American.