Health Care Reform
Health Care Reform
Why it matters: The health care sector represents 18 percent of our economy. More importantly, it impacts the bottom line of every American. The average American spends over $10,000 annually on health care expenses and experts expect that to continue to rise.
Where I stand: Like most Americans, I believe our health care system needs substantive reform to provide relief to families from rising health care costs and to ensure access to quality and affordable care.
However, I understand any reforms to our health care system require thorough and thoughtful debate. This is especially true for significant reforms. While that discussion remains ongoing, the Senate has worked hard to advance critical investments in our health care workforce, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and cutting-edge medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Today, patients have more freedom when purchasing prescription drugs through the elimination of “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from disclosing when there’s a cheaper alternative. These are just a few efforts that I am proud to support which I know will improve patient access, lower costs and ensure a healthy America.
Much work remains to be completed. I believe we must preserve and protect the role of patients, providers and physicians as the principle health care decision-makers, not the federal government. Our focus must be on driving down the cost of care, increasing options and ensuring that the needs of patients are put first, while keeping protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
As a former health care provider, I am committed to sharing my experience with colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we work to reform our health care system so it makes sense for all Americans. It is time for us to come together and find commonsense solutions to our challenges.