Our healthcare system is broken and Obamacare has only made it worse. We were promised lower costs, increased access, and the ability to keep our doctor. None of these proved true. Instead, we received the opposite, along with increased taxes. I have opposed this massive takeover of our healthcare since day one.
Ohio and our district have been hit especially hard by the bad effects of Obamacare. Our state exchanges no longer offer preferred provider organization (PPO) plans due to prohibitive costs. Nationally, private insurance providers are fleeing the marketplace because they cannot afford to comply with regulations and keep prices down.
For our healthcare crisis, we have to first stop the bleeding. We must repeal Obamacare.
Next, we must replace it with a patient-focused healthcare system. We must do this in a responsible and open process. We cannot afford to pass thousand page bills with the mentality that “we have to pass it to find out what is in it.”
Republicans have proposed three replacements so far. You can read more about them at these links:
Creating a patient-focused healthcare system can be done by allowing the free-market to compete. Americans should be allowed to purchase insurance across state lines. Businesses should be permitted to pool together to increase their bargaining power on behalf of their employees. Innovation should be encouraged so that the United States remains the world’s leader in medical breakthroughs. Reforms like these will make insurers and providers compete with one another to provide Americans with the highest quality services at the lowest possible prices.
Perhaps most of all, we must protect the weakest among us, the unborn. No healthcare plan worthy of the name kills unborn babies. No federal funds should go to any medical procedure that intentionally ends the life of a person.
More on Health Care
March 24, 2017 Press Release
The Republican Party Platform and the House’s Better Way agenda are both in agreement that Obamacare must be fully repealed and then replaced with free-market solutions. It is shameful that the House could not produce and pass a bill this week that reflected these commitments. In fact, as we made progress toward those commitments, the current bill lost votes. Republicans must now go back to the drawing board, together, to formulate a plan that does what we promised and can garner broad Republican support.
January 21, 2017 Press Release
“I am anxious to restore the Article I powers our Constitution places in Congress. We pass the laws, and the Executive Branch executes them. Former President Obama took a bad trend to new levels, boasting of governing by cell phone and pen. President Trump is using executive authority to restore that balance and end that era of bad policy and bad precedent.
January 13, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Warren Davidson (OH-08) voted today to take the first steps to repeal Obamacare by passing Senate Concurrent Resolution 3. He released the following statement: “Obamacare has failed. It took an already dysfunctional healthcare economy and made it worse. The list of broken promises to fix our healthcare system with the law is long. Rather than fall by $2,500, premiums rose by $4,300, a difference of $6,800. It did not allow Americans to keep their insurance if they liked it. It did not allow Americans to keep their doctor. This is just the first step. Congress must swiftly replace Obamacare with reforms that respect the Constitution and individual liberty.
“Today’s vote shows that the House of Representatives is working to fix the VA and improve care for our veterans. While I was proud to support this bill and happy to see it pass the House, we have seen legislation like this fail to become law all too often because of inaction in the Senate. Clearly, we need to change the dynamic in Congress. Fixing the VA is a bipartisan issue in campaigns across the country. The bill I introduced on Tuesday, September 13, the Lead by Example Act, would address this problem by ensuring that all of Congress has a vested interest in finally fixing the VA. Our veterans know better than anyone that we cannot afford to wait to enact reform. They are counting on us to lead by example and stand with them in solidarity.”
September 13, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH) today introduced the Lead by Example Act, a measure that would require all members of Congress and their staff to receive healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). After news of the VA scandal broke, Congressional action both increased funding and created additional programs to address the systematic problems in care. Despite both these actions, problems persist.