In 2010, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, mandated all uninsured Americans purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty. The ACA created complex web of regulations for health care providers and individuals, and imposed unfunded mandates on states and small businesses.
The American people were promised 'more choice’, ‘more competition’, and ‘real health care security’. Despite these assurances, Americans across the country continue to face higher premiums and even less choice. In fact, in 2017, the ACA’s side effects hit hard in Nevada when residents in 10 counties realized they would be left with only one health care provider to choose from. Then, in June of 2017, Anthem announced it would be exiting six counties in CD-2, leaving Churchill, Elko, Pershing, Eureka, Humboldt, and Lander counties without a single health care provider to choose from in 2018.
After nearly a decade under the ACA, we’ve seen plenty of arguments on how to fix our nation’s health care system. Regardless of your political views, I do not believe wiping the slate clean and starting over is the answer. I believe Congress should focus on the biggest problem areas and fix them. I also believe there are some successful aspects of our current system that we should keep, such as ensuring individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to the care they need, and that young adults have the option to stay on their parent’s health care plan until the age of 26.
I’ve also always believed House Leadership should provide time, through committee hearings, to discuss all of the aspects related to our nation’s health care system. I remain committed to that belief, and will continue working with my colleagues in the House toward solutions that will increase people’s access to quality and affordable care.