The quality of health care in the United States is second to none. In the last century, America has pioneered the frontiers of health care by mapping the human genome, eradicating polio, and the first lung transplant.
However, many find basic health care farther out of reach today than they have in the past. Doctors are having a hard time keeping their doors open, patients do not have as many choices, millions of people go without insurance, and costs continue to rise.
We need real health care reform that will increase access and make care more affordable – without compromising quality and the doctor-patient relationship.
Unfortunately, Obamacare has failed to accomplish such common-sense goals; in fact, it's made matters worse. Even leading Democrats on Capitol Hill are acknowledging that Obamacare is a "trainwreck". I have consistently supported efforts to replace Obamacare with health care policies that maintain quality, control costs, and preserve what people like about their coverage.
Opening up insurance markets beyond state lines, finding bipartisan agreement on lawsuit abuse reform, and encouraging businesses and families to make informed decisions regarding their health care options are just a few of the bedrock principles we are fighting for in Washington.
With modern technology, we should be able to compare health care costs between providers, craft insurance plans that will best cover our families and employees, and pool small business plans and individual purchasers, thereby defraying risk and lowering overall costs.