As a nurse for more than 40 years, healthcare is my passion. I know that Obamacare is NOT the prescription for our health care challenges. There is a better way.
More than six 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 the point of nearly bankrupting 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.
I was proud to author the first billed signed into law by President Obama that successfully repealed a healthcare provision of Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion, and I have continued voting to defund and repeal this law in full. I am additionally a proud supporter of House Republicans’ “Better Way” blueprint for health care, which offers an alternative vision to Obamacare and uses conservative principles to enact meaningful reform. Our plan 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 the plan here.
While the debate over Obamacare is oftentimes polarizing, there are other areas of health policy in which I believe we can find broad, bipartisan consensus. For example, I supported a series of House-passed bills to combat the nationwide opioid addiction crisis, authored bipartisan legislation to expand access to telemedicine, and have joined with Republicans and Democrats alike as a co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus, which seeks to give a voice to family caregivers and offer solutions to help Americans find the health care solutions for aging loved ones that best suit their family’s needs.
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