Obamacare is more than just a malfunctioning website—it is a $2.2 trillion mistake. Big government, “one size fits all” solutions simply do not work in our large, complex country. This law is harming Americans with fewer choices, higher healthcare costs and countless tax increases. It is also chipping away at the physician/patient relationship. We need to repeal and replace it with reforms that lower healthcare costs for all Arkansans. We need to reject the ever-expanding culture of dependency and encourage our able-bodied citizens to pursue lives of virtue, hard work, and civic service.
We must also embrace reforms that reward quality healthcare, encourage healthy living, and minimize waste through patient choice, information, transparent pricing, and healthcare ownership. We need a private insurance market that allows for flexibility, portability, and choice. We must reform Medicaid so that governors have flexibility to control state budgets and manage high-impact patients who drive up costs for local providers and federal/state officials. We also need medical malpractice reform.
Our healthcare system faces some serious problems. But, we need targeted, surgical, carefully considered reforms that acknowledge the complexity of our healthcare system.
Jobs, Taxes & the Economy
Our economy remains adrift, wages are flat, Obamacare is not working, and businesses face so much uncertainty. Americans have little faith in Washington. Sadly, opportunities are slipping away for future generations because of anti-business regulations and job-killing policies. The current administration has only made things worse.
We must demand accountability and simplicity at every level of the federal government. That starts by repealing the endless regulations, mandates and taxes that saddle Arkansas small businesses. We have a federal tax code that is madly complex. We need a simple, clear, fairer tax code. Manufacturers need certainty and relief so they can to grow, expand, and add jobs.
In short, we must completely overhaul the federal government’s wet blanket that is holding our nation back. Hardworking Americans and entrepreneurs need an ally—not an enemy—in Washington.
Government Spending and Debt
Washington is out of control and career politicians are bankrupting our country. The federal government needs to quit trying to do everything and instead, shift power back to state and local governments. The federal government is too big and spends too much.
The federal government must reform entitlements, cut low-priority spending, and stop performing functions best left to state and local governments or the private sector. We need a cultural change in which the federal government is a smaller, less significant, and much less expensive and intrusive part of everyone’s lives. We must enact a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and a line-item presidential veto power that could pass constitutional muster. These types of reforms are a necessary antidote to Congress’s failures to exercise self-control.
- 2008 lecture on bank bailouts and TARP
- Editorial on engagement with Poland and Hungary
- Editorial on investing in Eastern Europe
- 1991 essay on economic and political transitions in Eastern Europe
Social Security, Medicare and Financial Security
Social Security and Medicare are promises between the federal government and the hard-working Americans who have paid into these programs over the years. Since 1935, American workers have contributed to Social Security. This valuable program provides many seniors with a reliable pension. However, lack of accountability, government oversight, and frequent abuse, such as disability fraud, has weakened this program. Through strong leadership and common sense, I believe we can strengthen Social Security for today’s seniors and future beneficiaries.
In addition, Medicare is a critical program that serves the health care needs of many Arkansans. We must strengthen and secure this program. Unfortunately, Medicare is on weak footing and some Arkansas seniors are having trouble finding Medicare providers. The current administration, led by President Obama, has proposed nothing to strengthen Medicare. In fact, Congress raided $716 billion from the Medicare Trust Fund to pay for ObamaCare, hurting seniors. Furthermore, waste, fraud, and abuse continue to weaken the program. I oppose ObamaCare. I will support prudent measures to strengthen Medicare for today’s retirees and future beneficiaries.
Lastly, I support policies that help hard-working Americans save for retirement and health care independent of government aid. We must enhance 401(K)’s, IRA’s, and health savings accounts so seniors can have security and peace of mind. We should protect and promote the FHA’s successful reverse mortgage program, which offers seniors increased liquidity based on the years of accumulated equity. However, these meaningful improvements will only matter if we control Washington’s spending addiction. Unless Washington learns to live within its means, our federal deficit will trigger uncontrolled inflation. Nothing could be more devastating to the savings, income, and financial security of our nation’s seniors than runaway inflation.