Healthcare

Healthcare is the most important issue facing voters across the country. Some candidates running for office are demanding a government takeover of our healthcare. Still, I believe the free market can offer solutions that will make healthcare more affordable, more efficient, and more accessible to all Americans.

  • Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines
    • As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer protection in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down, and consumer satisfaction will go up.
  • Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns
    • Businesses are allowed to take these deductions, so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want health care coverage can have it.
  • Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
    • Contributions to HSAs should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. Any member of a family can use these funds without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
  • Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable, and cheaper products.
    • Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe, and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.
  • Fund Women’s Healthcare
    • Women’s healthcare is an essential component of our nation’s healthcare system. Our government gives hundreds of millions of dollars a year to Planned Parenthood, which has 650 facilities nationwide, many of which do not offer women proper healthcare services. Instead of paying hundreds of millions of dollars to the abortion industry, I will support legislation that will redirect these funds to the 13,000 non-abortion providing Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • Price Transparency.
    • Our nation needs meaningful transparency in healthcare prices. This is one of the most important and efficient ways we can drive down the high costs of healthcare in our country. President Trump signed an executive order mandating this, but Congress should put it in statute and make it permanently part of the law.