Issue Position: Obamacare

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2014

As a doctor who cared for patients in our Hudson Valley for nearly 20 years, I know how important it is to have health insurance that you can afford and that provides the coverage you need. You should be able to see the doctors you trust, and to go to the hospital that you prefer. I firmly believe that in the United States of America, no one should go broke just because they are sick.

The goals of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are right. But the law is wrong.

Under Obamacare, our neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley are losing the affordable policies they like, only to find that the replacement policies cost thousands of dollars more.

Even though we were told we'd be able to keep our doctors, we're actually finding that our doctors and our hospitals are no longer available in the new policies we are forced to buy.

It's time to replace Obamacare with a sensible health care plan that works. My plan would take power from the bureaucrats and insurance companies, and give it back to you and your doctors, where it belongs.

Four key points:

Encourage every American to have their own tax-protected health savings account: personal, portable, and permanent.

Give you insurance choices that make sense and lower your costs by allowing insurers to compete from all across the country.

Reform the tort system to reduce the cost of defensive medicine.

Empower Americans to buy health insurance that fits their individual and family needs.

As a doctor, a mother, and a long-time resident of the Hudson Valley, I'm ready to lead the effort to give you -- and not the bureaucrats -- the power to determine how you live and raise your family.