Health care must be made more accessible and more affordable. The most effective way for achieving availability and affordability is not through increased government involvement, but rather common sense reforms that allow the free market to work.
Obamacare has been a failure for the many Kentuckians who lost their insurance despite the President’s promise that if you “like your plan, you can keep your plan.” The law’s red tape, mandates, and taxes continue to drive up health care prices forcing many Kentuckians to choose between insurance plans they cannot afford, or low quality government-run plans they do not want.
That is why I have been fighting for common sense health care reforms that will increase coverage and affordability.
Because the first step to fixing our broken health care system is to stop Obamacare, I have voted dozens of times to repeal the law in part or in full. I also supported the use of budget reconciliation to bypass the Senate filibuster and put repeal legislation on the President’s desk for the first time.
However, repealing this law alone will not fix our healthcare system. That is why I am a strong supporter and co-sponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act. This legislation would expand access to portable health insurance, ensure those with pre-existing conditions have access to care through expanded high-risk pools, spur competition between insurers to lower costs, and encourage innovation.
The American Health Care Reform Act also includes legislation I introduced to lower health care costs by encouraging the practice of evidence-based medicine, and discouraging defensive medicine.