Over the nearly three decades that I practiced medicine in North Texas, I witnessed, time and again, the frustration and disappointment of my patients and my colleagues as overreaching federal government interfered with our daily work. I knew that Washington, D.C. didn’t understand my patients or my practice.
Fast forward to today and a staggering amount of people are still being forced to suffer because of the President’s short sighted policies compounded by the ACA.
Not a day goes by that we don’t hear more reports of the worsening state of the ACA. Insurers are fleeing the markets, premiums are catapulting, and the best interest of the patient has been subjugated to the federal government. In short, this law is increasing the burden on the very people it was designed to help. Of course, this is not new information to the millions of hard-working Americans experiencing this first-hand.
The question I hear most often from my constituents is “If the ACA is repealed, what do you propose will replace it?”
To answer this question, House Republicans, from an array of backgrounds and experiences, went back to the drawing board and worked together to find a solution. There was no shortage of health care bills and ideas that could be combined in countless ways to form a replacement plan, but with hard work and compromise these ideas were unified into a structured alternative.
As a result of these efforts, House Republicans now have a Better Way. A Better Way to increase access to affordable health insurance for all Americans, without federal mandates. A Better Way to empower states and individuals to make the choices that serve their health needs. A Better Way to revolutionize our healthcare system and to put patients first.
Our Better Way plan is not just an abstract outline, but an easily executed, step-by-step approach to health care reform, where the public will be heard at each and every step. Instead of returning to the status-quo programs in place prior to the ACA, we will move our healthcare system into the 21st century by embracing growth, innovation, and medical advancements to put cutting-edge cures and treatments in the hands of patients.
Even in the most partisan of times, we owe it to the American people to govern effectively. Constructive health policy should not be jammed through the legislative process with support from only one side of the aisle. It shouldn’t be negotiated behind closed doors as was the case with the Affordable Care Act. We have seen what that approach has left us with. While we know that we don’t have all the answers, our plan was developed with the input of our partners at the state level, which will continue to be important to successful health reform.
It is long overdue that patients and doctors are empowered and put back in the driver’s seat to make decisions about their health. We are prepared to roll up our sleeves and get to work delivering on that promise to the American people.