The recent and very disappointing Supreme Court decision regarding Obamacare has ensured that Americans will continue to suffer Obamacare’s high costs and onerous mandates unless Congress and state legislatures can act. I have opposed Obamacare. I DO oppose Obamacare and I will CONTINUE to oppose Obamacare. In the coming months, many will see health care premium increases of 20, 30, or even 40 per cent and all will see fewer and fewer choices of physicians, clinics, and hospitals. Unless we can successfully legislate changes at both the federal and state level, costs will skyrocket, choices will narrow, and what was once the best health care system in the world will sink into high costs, uncertainty, and dysfunction. If liberals continue to control the agenda, I have no doubt that they will use the coming crisis as an opportunity to blame insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, employers, and even citizens for the failure–and then, proceed to legislate a single payer system of socialized medicine. We cannot let this happen.
But, if Republicans are serious about repealing Obamacare rather than just railing to each other about it while the ship slowly sinks, then we have our work cut out for us. We must act at both the federal and state level to preserve, restore, and reinvigorate our national health care system to ensure patient access, choice, and affordability. Unfortunately, many Republicans act as if it is enough to proclaim their opposition loudly and introduce various bills to repeal Obamacare–all of which promptly die in a committee somewhere or never come to a vote in the other Democrat controlled chamber. Unless we propose a workable alternative that addresses the problems of health care affordability and access while supporting patient choice and free market solutions, we will not capture the support of voters and achieve the legislative votes we need to put a solution on the President’s desk–one that he will either have to deal with seriously or more likely, see his party pay the price at the ballot box in 2016. Then perhaps, we can make the changes we need in our Nation’s health care system.
We must act at both the federal and state level to preserve, restore, and reinvigorate our national health care system to ensure patient access, choice, and affordability. Here’s an interview that recently appeared in the Colorado Statesman that discusses my conservative agenda for health care.