Health Care

Health Care

I believe The Affordable Care Act showed that government-run health care does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our health care system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed. I will continue to push back against the Democrats’ attempts to institute Medicare For All, a single-payer health care plan run by the federal government that would cost $32 trillion to operate.

As Co-Chair of the Public Health Caucus, I am committed to protecting Virginians and raising awareness about how public health issues impact lives and communities. Lowering drug prices and increasing access to effective medical treatments for all Virginians is very important to me. It is critical that we continue to lower the cost of health care and ensure all Virginians can access coverage.

There are common sense health care initiatives that we can all agree on: provide insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, allow young people to stay on a parent’s plan, and eliminate lifetime caps for insurance coverage. I strongly believe that we must ensure access to insurance for all Americans with pre-existing conditions and have voted repeatedly to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.  In fact, one of the very first votes I took in the 116th Congress was on a Republican measure to force Congress to legislate on locking in protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

I believe The Affordable Care Act showed that government-run health care does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our health care system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed. I will continue to push back against Democrat’s attempts to institute Medicare For All, a single-payer health care plan run by the federal government that would cost $32 trillion to operate.

Single-payer plans would eliminate the private health care market and completely transform the health care system as we know it by implementing socialized medicine. This would require a massive tax increase and would outlaw the choice of private insurance, forcing 158 million Americans who get their health insurance through their employer into a one-size-fits-all government-run plan. Individuals should be able to do what’s best for them, not what the government dictates for them. Putting the government between you and your doctor will cause gridlock and will majorly debilitate the flow of innovation.

I hear constantly from folks about the high costs of health care – especially from their daily prescriptions. I believe we must reform our health care system to provide quality, affordable healthcare to every American. Reforms should focus on increasing accessibility, lowering cost, and improving choice while maintaining programs like Medicare and Medicaid. I believe lowering the costs of prescription drugs is a critical component to fixing our broken health care system. I support the three bills that passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in the Energy & Commerce Committee: H.R. 965, The CREATES Act, which would penalize branded drug makers that withhold samples from generic manufacturers; H.R. 1499, The Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act, which would ban pay-for-delay agreements; and H.R. 938, The Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act, which would limit first-approved generic makers’ ability to stall another rival’s launch.

I believe The Affordable Care Act showed that government-run health care does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our health care system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed. I will continue to push back against the Democrats’ attempts to institute Medicare For All, […]

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