Obamacare and Health Care Reform

I strongly opposed the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This law cuts $500 billion from Medicare and creates $500 billion in new taxes. It is possibly the single largest tax increase in American history. There are almost 150,000 individuals eligible for Medicare in the district and about 30,000 seniors on Medicare Advantage who could lose their current coverage under the health care law.

I voted for HR 2, which repealed Obamacare. This bill was sent to the Senate where, unfortunately, the Democrats in power have blocked this bill from being voted on. Additionally, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I held hearings on the special deals and giveaways that the Obama Administration inserted in the health care law and am leading the investigation into the potential misuse of funds from the health care law being awarded to ineligible entities.

We must repeal this law and replace it with a common-sense alternative that does not increase taxes or significantly grow the size of government. I believe any savings in the Medicare program must be kept in Medicare and not raided for non-Medicare spending. I support allowing individuals to purchase health plans across state lines and allowing businesses to pool their resources to purchase insurance as a large group. I support
allowing parents the option to keep their children on their health plans longer, eliminating annual and lifetime insurance caps, eliminating rescission, and creating high-risk insurance pools to help those with pre-existing conditions. There should be an open enrollment period to allow America’s uninsured to get catastrophic insurance, whether they have a pre-existing condition or not. During this open enrollment period, no one should be denied care, and premiums would not be based on health status.

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