- Ensure access to quality, affordable care
- Promote medical innovation and advancement
- Eliminate regulations that stifle growth
We must ensure that America’s health care remains between the patient and doctor, not the bureaucrats in DC. Market-based options will create affordable solutions, not a one-size-fits all tactic. However, despite the enactment of Obamacare, Congress must continue to take action to address the reality of rising costs and increasing challenges to access quality and affordable care. I believe we must fully explore all possible options to improve access to care for Americans and protect those with pre-existing conditions. I recently co-sponsored H.R. 692, the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of 2019, which would reaffirm that enrollees cannot be excluded due to a pre-existing condition, including health insurance coverages in the individual and group markets.
Moreover, Obamacare has failed to increase access to care while and has simultaneously started to create severe cuts to Medicare. Premiums have dramatically increased and burdensome regulations have been delayed. With this in mind, I am a proud co-sponsor of H.R. 748, the Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, a bi-partisan piece of legislation that repeals an Obamacare 40% excise tax on employer-provided health insurances plans for individuals and families starting in 2022. The legislation passed the House of Representatives overwhelming 419-6 on July 17, 2019.
In addition, improving the quality of care in our health care system through innovation is key for successful patient outcomes and economic growth. Emerging life-science research and development has attributed to over 25,000 jobs in San Diego County and over 7,000 in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. That being said, I am a proud co-sponsor of the bi-partisan H.R. 2207, Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2019, which would repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices that was included in Obamacare.
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