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.
After more than 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.