Does the health care system need reform? Absolutely. Is more government control the answer? Absolutely not. The solutions can be found – as they are in so many other parts of our economy — in more personal control and free market competition, less government intervention, and some common-sense reforms. This means private purchase and ownership of policies (and the portability that goes with it), interstate competition, an end to the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, and a crackdown on frivolous malpractice lawsuits.
We see health care insurance premiums skyrocketing. We see that as many as 69% of businesses will have to change their plans – forcing millions of individuals to change doctors and plans whether they were happy or not. We see onerous regulations and tax increases on small businesses. We see severe cuts to seniors’ medicare plans. And we see a rapid expansion of Medicaid that will cost South Carolina more than $900 million over the next ten years. $900 million that we don’t have.
Does this look like it will drive health care costs down??
We need to repeal Obamacare and start again. Mick has voted to repeal Obamacare, but unfortunately, that legislation sits idle in the Senate along with many bills passed by the House. Mick has also taken a number of votes to defund Obamacare in an attempt to strip the complex law of funding.
We all agree our healthcare system is broken, but Obamacare and more government involvement is not the answer.