As a physician, most people I’ve seen over the years are satisfied with the quality of the care they receive, but they do not like the cost. They want to be able to receive the care they need at an affordable price, without unnecessary interference from insurance companies and government bureaucrats. In America, we provide the best quality health care in the world. It’s time we make that quality care affordable to everyone who wants to take advantage of it.
The system before the health care law was working for 80 percent of all Americans. We had a great opportunity to extend coverage to the uninsured in an affordable, commonsense way that kept our individual liberties intact; however, the health care law fell short. We now have a great responsibility to repeal this flawed law and make quality health insurance more affordable. We can do this by improving portability and giving patients more ownership of their policies, ensuring doctors and patients are in charge of making medically-necessary decisions, and eliminating the insurance industry’s ability to profit by avoiding the sick.
Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules tomorrow, we must take a hard look at the law and address its flaws. I strongly believe the best way to do this would be to start from scratch and work in a bipartisan way toward real, commonsense health care reform. Just this Congress, I have voted with House Republicans thirty times to repeal all or parts of the health care law but the Senate has not acted on these efforts. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure Americans have the access to affordable health care coverage that they deserve.
Roe is a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.