Recently, the Congress reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. As a former member of the board of directors of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, I know the benefits of this important program for our families. CHIP is strongly supported by a bipartisan majority and by me.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare was more than just a malfunctioning website. Big government, “one size fits all” $2.2 trillion solutions simply do not work in our large, complex country. Overly broad statutes have too many unintended consequences. Particularly, this law is harming Americans by providing fewer choices, higher healthcare costs, and countless tax increases. It is also chipping away at the critical physician/patient relationship. We need to 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. President Obama promised us we “could keep our plans,” that our insurance premiums would fall, and health care access would improve. The reality is that time and time again over the past three years I have heard your complaints about increases in premiums, shockingly high deductibles leading to loss of health care coverage, and costs that are out of reach for many families.
Our healthcare system faces some serious problems; we need targeted, surgical, carefully considered reforms that acknowledge the complexity of our health care system. I have repeatedly voted to repeal this broken healthcare law and start over with reforms that actually lower healthcare costs, protect pre-existing conditions, and improve access for all Arkansas families. I will not defend the status quo. Our families deserve better.