I am running for this office in a climate where the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It has been upheld by the Supreme Court, although on grounds that I do not think were intellectually necessary – the health care industry is a matter that affects interstate commerce, and legislation in that field is proper for Congress under the commerce clause.
I will continue to study the law, and will reach my own judgments on the merits of all of its particulars. I will hold forums where I will receive the input of all my constituents. Importantly, I will focus on educating my constituents on how it applies to them, and affects their healthcare choices.
I applaud the effort to address what has become a matter of national importance. Over 50% of all personal bankruptcies are the result of catastrophic medical bills that ruin families and destroy their futures. There was also a huge unaccounted for tax in the old system of providers having to absorb and pass along the cost of providing healthcare to those who could not pay for it.
I believe that if we had a government that we believed was working for all of us, administration of health care policy is an appropriate function – not because it is a constitutional right, but because we give our consent to our government to manage this aspect of our lives. It is the essence of the “general welfare.”
I am personally aware of businesses and individuals whose costs under the ACA have gone up dramatically, and am sympathetic to their feelings of unfairness, and the possible consequences to their businesses. I am also sympathetic to the concerns of those who have principled objections to certain mandated coverages, though the healthcare choices we make should remain the exclusive province of the doctor/patient relationship. I am also aware of the relief that has been experienced by people who can now afford healthcare, and have the security of coverage.
Healthcare is not a typical “supply and demand” free market commercial enterprise. When life is in the balance, cost and other market factors are irrelevant. We will pay whatever we have to in order to ensure that we and our loved ones to stay alive, and that cannot be exploited.
I have no sympathy for the health insurance industry and the protection of their profits. The average salary of CEOs of the top 10 or so health insurance providers was approximately 13 million dollars last year. I have seen the harm that their profit motive has caused to hard working and vulnerable consumers, and the dishonest practices that are involved in protecting corporate profits and executive compensation. I believe that the influence of heath care money and lobbyists compromised the AC legislation.
We have a problem with health care costs in America that needs to be addressed somehow and some way. This is what drives affordability, and all concerns that led to the need for reform. “Big pharma” has far too much influence in Washington, and its representation and influence on the ACA also compromised the efficacy of the legislation.
The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, and held constitutional by the Supreme Court. I will continue to study the law, and propose and/or vote for all reasonable and appropriate changes. I think that these things need to be done through Congress, and not through the continued expansion of executive power through executive orders. When integrity of government is restored, and the influences of big money, lawyers, and lobbyist is mitigated, I am confident that we will have the best-functioning health care provision service in the world. via Healthcare Reform.