“You Can Keep Your Doctor?”
This week, President Trump signed an Executive Order to lower the cost of healthcare for all Americans. As we all know, Obamacare has been harming millions of individuals with skyrocketed costs, dwindling choices and fines for not purchasing insurance that is unaffordable. It was sold as a “fix” to rising insurance costs back in 2010, and for the last seven years, hundreds of hospitals have been forced to close and patients have lost their doctors. That doesn’t sound like a fix to me.
In the House of Representatives, we took action to repeal this crippling law earlier this year and replace it with a patient-centered healthcare system that actually reduces costs for families and individuals. However, the Senate has failed to act. Our current Administration has been listening to the suffering of millions of Americans, ensuring that these rules are revised and reformed to benefit consumers, and the Senate’s failure to do so is inexcusable.
Their inaction made it necessary for President Trump to sign the Order so the agencies responsible for the healthcare of millions of people are able to begin reforming this nightmare. In 2018, more than 50% of counties are projected to have only one option on their individual plans, meaning that 2.6 million Americans will be left without a choice of insurer. That statistic is staggering and unacceptable. This move will help small businesses around the country band together like larger businesses do in order to purchase insurance for their employees, with the ability to negotiate prices and plans that best fit their needs. It also offers relief to rural areas, which we know is extremely important to our state.
It’s time for the Senate to follow suit and provide permanent relief for the American people.
Member of Congress