By enacting common sense solutions, we can ensure that everyone has equal access to high-quality, affordable health care.
More than four years after the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare—was forced into law on a party line vote, it is clear that this law is not able to live up to its most basic promises. Instead, Obamacare is resulting in higher premiums, dropped coverage, and a weaker economy.
For me, the health care debate is all too familiar—a similar program, called TennCare, failed in Tennessee less than 20 years ago. Initial cost estimates for TennCare were low, but for 10 years we watched our Medicaid program’s cost grow unsustainably to where it almost bankrupted our state.
As a registered nurse for more than 40 years, I recognize the need to address problems in our health care system. But rather than a top-down federal rewrite of one-sixth of our economy, we need to expand access and work to lower costs with a more patient-centered, market-based approach.
That is why I have consistently voted to delay, defund, and repeal Obamacare and am a proud cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act, which offers a conservative, patient-centered approach to health reform. Our bill spurs competition by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, enacts common-sense medical malpractice reform, and protects individuals with preexisting conditions. You can read more about this legislation here.
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