Our health care system has been broken for a long time, but the president's health care law is not the solution to fix it. In some cases, it is making matters worse. Because of Obamacare, families I've talked with are paying higher premiums, facing reduced choices, and losing insurance they liked and the doctors they've known and trusted for years. Small business owners are being buried under piles of new paperwork and letting workers go, while many hourly workers are seeing their hours cut. Doctors are spending more time doing paperwork and compliance than treating patients, and students are no longer incentivized to become doctors, exacerbating the current shortage for the future. This law isn't working for Southern Arizonans, and we should replace it with a bipartisan solution that puts families first and tackles the greatest flaws in our health care system.
Americans pay more per person for health care than any other country, and we are not necessarily healthier for it. One of the biggest disappointments with Obamacare is its failure to address the sky-rocketing cost of health care. Instead, we need real health care reform. I support efforts to make health care more affordable and available through cost transparency, competition, choice, expanding use of Health Savings Accounts, and enabling small businesses to pool together to purchase health care. In addition, we can help Americans struggling to afford health care by providing tax credits to purchase private health care, much like those made available for businesses, incentivizing young, healthy people to get insurance instead of mandating and penalizing them. While no longer denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, the system won't work if people are incentivized to only get insurance when they get sick, so continuity of coverage incentives need to be included in any reforms going forward.
I believe we should keep the few positive changes in the president's health care law that we can all agree on--like protecting those with pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until age 26, and ending discrimination of women. But the foundation of Obamacare, which is based on mandates, penalties, and taxes in a one-size-fits-all solution, takes choices out of the hands of doctors and patients and puts them in the hands of bureaucrats. I also do not support the cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage that help pay for Obamacare -- cuts my opponent supported.
Health care and health care financing are complex issues not solved in sound bites. There are many proposals being offered by both parties that preserve choice and enhance competition in our health care system, while taking steps to actually lower the cost of health care and help the uninsured gain insurance. As a Member of Congress, I would be willing to work with both Democrats and Republicans to advance solutions that keep the few positives of Obamacare, while replacing the majority of it with initiatives that strengthen our health care system with a focus on patients and quality care.
Health care should be about patients, not bureaucrats. That's why, as a Member of Congress, I will fight for better health care reform that puts patients and families first.