As a Constitutional conservative I believe Washington should NOT dictate what kind of health care plans you should have, let alone FORCE you to buy something you don’t need or don’t want. That is one of the many reasons why I opposed Obamacare since Day 1, and why I have since voted time and again to repeal it both in part and in whole. But we can’t stop at a repeal – we must also replace it with common-sense solutions that (1) empower the consumer, (2) protect the doctor-patient relationship, and (3) drive down costs to make health care more affordable for American families.
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There are MANY reasons I oppose this bad health care law.
First, Obamacare centralizes government control over YOUR health care, and it is leading to restricted choices for residents all across Collin County. While Obamacare was passed with the promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” this has turned out to be untrue – just like Republicans warned. Millions of Americans have since lost access to their health insurance plan and doctors. What’s worse is that families are facing higher premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs.
That brings me to the second reason I oppose Obamacare – for a majority of Americans, it is anything but affordable. In fact, it’s raising costs. Did you know that Obamacare includes many new taxes, which will cost taxpayers over a trillion dollars? Many of these taxes will also be passed on to consumers through higher health care costs and insurance premiums.
Another reason I oppose Obamacare is because it hurts our employers and small businesses that are working hard to create jobs and spur our nation’s economic growth. Many businesses have warned that Obamacare will result in fewer jobs due to the compliance costs associated with the law’s burdensome rules, regulations, and bureaucratic red tape.
Medicare is an important program for America’s seniors, but currently it is on an unsustainable path. According to the Medicare Trustee’s 2017 Report, Medicare received approximately $5.4 billion more than it paid out in 2016. While a surplus is currently projected through 2022, by 2029 Medicare will not be able to pay full benefits. Therefore, Medicare’s trustees are recommending that the administration and Congress work together to address Medicare’s insolvency sooner rather than later. To read the 2017 Medicare Trustees Report, please click here.
To make matters worse for Medicare, when Obamacare was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, deep cuts of more than $716 billion were taken out of Medicare. Obamacare also specifically targets Medicare Advantage plans (MA) with $300 billion worth of cuts to the program over 10 years. These reductions will be harmful to seniors in Collin County. As a result of these cuts, the 24 percent of Collin County seniors enrolled in an MA plan will see a reduction in plans and benefits. Specifically, nearly 50 percent of those seniors will lose access to their chosen MA plan and those who remain in an MA plan will see about a $2,600 reduction in their benefits once the majority of the cuts take effect in 2018.
As you may recall, when Congress was debating Obamacare before it was signed into law, Republicans expressed concern about the now-law’s creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This board allows 15 unelected bureaucrats with term limits longer than Congress or the President to cut Medicare. And unlike other advisory boards, the IPAB recommendations would become law unless Congress votes against them with a super majority in both the House and Senate. This is why I am a cosponsor of the Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 849), which passed the House in November 2017.
As Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee, one of my priorities is to protect Americans' identities by protecting their Social Security numbers.
If you have ever had your identity stolen, you know about the frustration, hassles, and struggles you have to deal with as a result of this crime. Victims can spend years having to prove who they are, including fixing their credit reports and dealing with the IRS. And in a good many cases it wouldn’t have happened if their Social Security number wasn’t stolen!
You see, the Social Security number is the key to identity theft and the thieves know that.
Unfortunately, our seniors are some of the most vulnerable targets for identity theft. Here’s the problem: seniors’ Medicare cards currently include their Social Security numbers. And while Americans are told not to carry their Social Security cards in order to protect their identities in case their wallet is lost or stolen, at the same time seniors are told they must carry their Medicare cards! This makes no sense, and it puts Medicare beneficiaries – including Collin County’s over 80,000 beneficiaries I represent – at risk!
This is a very serious problem that hurts not only seniors, but their families. But the good news is that there are some very common-sense solutions we can take to help them. And that’s exactly what I’ve been working on with my bill, the Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act! It would protect America’s seniors by ending the use of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards once and for all.
I reintroduced the Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act in the 114th Congress, and I'm pleased to say that my bipartisan bill was signed into law on April 16th, 2015! Our seniors deserve peace of mind when using their Medicare cards, and now they’ll finally have it!
If you are interested in learning about my efforts on behalf of veterans, please check out my Veterans page HERE.