Letter to the Editor: After repeal, time to replace with better healthcare ideas
Two years ago when the bill was passed, it contained no less than 21 tax increases, including the big one: the $750 fine for everyone who does not purchase a government-approved plan.
Now that it’s clear that this tax will stay in place until repealed, the House of Representatives is ready and waiting to do the right thing. In January 2011, my very first vote as a member of Congress was cast in support of repealing the law. Last Wednesday, I voted to repeal it again.
In the meantime, I have spoken personally with well over 100 northern Illinois business owners, not to mention doctors and experts, about ways to move forward with policies that will actually help the economy and drive down health care prices:
- Allow the purchase of insurance across state lines. This would allow for more competition, and subsequently, lower prices. - House Resolution (H.R.) 371
- Reform lawsuit abuse. When frivolous or overly ambitious lawsuits are filed against doctors and hospitals, defensive medicine costs skyrocket, causing the cost of healthcare overall to go up. – H.R. 5
- Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This an unelected, unaccountable panel of bureaucrats in charge of making health care decisions will ultimately lead to the denial of care for seniors. –H.R. 452
- Allow tax deductions for preventive health costs. Encourage commonsense actions, like memberships in fitness programs and weight loss programs, will mean huge savings on more serious conditions. –H.R. 2662
- Disclose information about hospital charges. Patients - and sometimes even doctors - often don’t know how much each test or service will cost them and their insurer until months after the fact. When prices are publicly available, it will put patients back in control. – H.R. 5800
I’m also strongly in favor of keeping provisions allowing college students to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, as well as measures prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Real reform is possible.
Hultgren is a freshman Republican from Illinois and serves on the Agriculture Committeee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.