Americans have the leading doctors, the most advanced medical technology, and the best hospitals in the world. Indeed, major government officials from other countries often come to the United States for their medical procedures.
While certain reforms were needed, we should have done this by working within and adding to the system we already had—not radically restructuring 17% of the nation’s economy which is what President Obama’s healthcare legislation did. Although our healthcare system wasn’t perfect, it was still the best in the world.
Long Islanders are suffering due to increasing health insurance premiums, high deductibles, and narrow health provider networks that prevent them from seeing the doctors they want to see. These are all unfortunate impacts of the Affordable Care Act.
In 2017, Congress will work to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. I will continue to fight for and support reform measures that empower patients while simultaneously reducing costs, such as fostering competition by allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines. And I will fight to protect my constituents and support maintaining provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have been beneficial to Long Islanders, including ensuring coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions and eliminating lifetime caps.
I look forward to working across the aisle on a health care reform alternative that better supports the middle class.