There is no question that America is a global leader in health care. However, the future of healthcare in America was put at risk in 2010 when the Democrat-controlled Congress and President Obama forced a partisan government overhaul, costing Americans twice the price for half the care.
The American people made it clear in 2010 - and continue to make it clear today - that they do not like the government run health care law, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." In June 2012, much to the surprise of many of us, the Supreme Court in a narrow 5 to 4 decision ruled that Obamacare was constitutional because it was a "tax."
I know that our country can provide access to quality health care for every American by improving our market-based system, expanding health care coverage, and reducing costs. Health care in America should be about choice. At its core, it's about American families having the ability to choose the health care plan that best meets their needs.
Four years after the passage of Obamacare, the American people continue to voice strong opposition to it. They have made it clear that they do not want the federal government involved in their health care in any way. What they do want is:
- Lower health care premiums
- Protection of Medicare benefits for seniors
- A plan that strengthens the doctor-patient relationship and keeps their private information private
We can accomplish the kind of health care reform the American people want without having a government takeover of our health care system, without raising taxes or premiums, and without forcing citizens to buy health insurance they don't want or can't afford.