My Position on Healthcare
The Obama Administration’s takeover of healthcare through the “Affordable Care Act” – better known as Obamacare – represented an intrusion into our personal lives not seen before. This failure is demonstrated by the fact that less than one-third of those who were told would sign up actually did sign up.
Obamacare directly put Washington bureaucrats between you and your doctor and drove up the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans through unaffordable premiums with little coverage. Many families are still having to decide between paying their premiums or their mortgage. This system of high costs for little to no care has to end. Republicans have voted on and promised to repeal Obamacare for nearly a decade. While repeal and replace passed the House, it failed in the U.S. Senate. It is long past due to repeal Obamacare.
An important part of repealing Obamacare is to return market principles to the healthcare marketplace. This means removing burdensome mandates that drive up costs and require plans to include things that Americans don’t need and don’t want to pay for. We should enable plans to be sold across state lines. Enabling small businesses to join together and purchase plans through collaborative Association Health Plans (AHPs) will make insurance more affordable for small businesses and their employees. There are lots of other good ideas that will give Americans affordable choices if allowed to flourish free from excessive regulation.