The debate over how to properly and effectively reform America’s health care system continues, despite the current implementation of the president’s health care law. The status quo in health care was, and remains, unacceptable. Far too many Americans suffer because they are unable to access the quality care and coverage they so desperately deserve and need. We know, and have already seen, that handing control over our health care to Washington is not the solution. Instead, we need to return health care decisions to patients, families and doctors, so that they, not government, can make choices rooted in compassion and common sense.
On June 6, 2013, I reintroduced H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act. This legislation would make it financially feasible for all Americans to purchase quality health coverage.Those who like their current plans would truly be able to keep them – not suffer from the deceit of the administration.Our proposal would allow them to own their health coverage, regardless of who paid for it.This means they could take their policies with them if they changed or lost their job, thus solving the portability problem without putting Washington in charge.Those with pre-existing conditions should not be priced out of the market, but should be able to pool together with millions of other Americans in order to get the purchasing power of millions.This would make it so that any one persons’ adverse health status doesn’t drive up the cost for anyone, again without putting Washington in charge!Positive and robust lawsuit abuse reform should be enacted to end the practice of defensive medicine and help bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care.
Patients and families and doctors should be making healthcare decisions, not Washington, DC.Positive, patient-centered solutions exist to resolve all of the challenges in our health care system, and none of them require putting the federal government in charge.