Courtesy of Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
“It is time for a patient-centered approach that increases access, lowers costs, and protects our most vulnerable population.”
America continues to be a worldwide leader in health care innovation. Each day, new treatments are being discovered to the some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases. Unfortunately, access to these treatments at an affordable rate is still unattainable to millions of Americans. For years, Republicans have tried to work in a bipartisan manner to fix our nation’s health care system in a way that lowers costs while protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, kids in school, and Medicaid-expansion state recipients.
The ACA promised increased access at lower costs for people who didn’t have health care coverage at the time. Americans were also promised if you did have coverage, you could keep it. The sad reality is that we have seen millions forced into unaffordable plans in a system that hasn’t worked, prescription drug costs continue to rise, and bureaucratic red tape prevent life-saving cures from coming to market.
Throughout my time in Congress, I have pushed for greater biomedical research to improve public health. In 2016, the Republican-led House passed my 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that has increased the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving treatments. This bill has been a game-changer for patients and their families in finding cures to once incurable diseases.
While Republicans have fostered innovation and cut bureaucratic red tape in the FDA approval process, health care costs continue to rise. It is time for a patient-centered approach that increases access, lowers costs, and protects our most vulnerable population.