I voted for the health care law after hundreds of meetings with doctors, nurses, business owners and ordinary citizens, because it was a necessary step forward and because of the successful experience with “Romneycare” in Massachusetts. Those who continue to waste time and taxpayer dollars by voting repeatedly to repeal the bill, including my opponent who voted 27 times for repeal, have yet to explain how they would cover the millions of people who were uninsured before this bill passed – including the 40,000 who die every year because of a lack of health insurance. Those who would repeal this bill would be giving back to big insurance companies the power to deny insurance to children with pre-existing conditions, to drop people’s coverage when they get sick, by weakening Medicare, and passing billions of dollars of prescription drug costs back onto the elderly.
What we must do is make sure that the ACA is well implemented so that provisions in the health care reform bill – such as electronic medical records and bundled care payments – that are already starting to reduce costs will benefit both the Medicare program and reduce health care costs for younger Americans.
Our nation’s health care system is badly in need of reform. The American people want lower costs, increased access, and better care. Unfortunately, the heavy-handed approach taken by the authors of the 2,700-page health law has produced unintended consequences that are driving up costs, leading to dropped coverage, and draining jobs from a fragile economy. For example, a McKinsey study that surveyed more than 1,300 employers of various sizes found that 30% of employers would “definitely” or “probably” stop offering coverage in 2014, when the law kicks in. We cannot fix what’s broken if people in Washington are unwilling to acknowledge their own mistakes.
I support repealing the law and replacing these policies that are raising costs. In their place, we can enact consensus-driven, bipartisan solutions that Democrat leaders have ignored in the past, including Association Health Plans and medical malpractice reform.
In fact, I recently cosponsored replacement legislation that would lower costs, increase competition, expand portability for those between jobs, and provide coverage for pre-existing conditions. These sorts of commonsense reforms would not only address the real issues in our health care system, I believe they’d be widely supported both in Congress and among the public.