Obamacare is the largest social and spending legislation in recent American history. Rather than a government takeover of health care, I support repealing and replacing Obamacare with real reforms that cut health care costs and increase coverage – not expand the government's role into the daily lives of the American people.
While serving in the United States Senate, I have voted several times to repeal Obamacare. I believe that this law is fundamentally flawed and has already caused many Americans to lose their preferred health insurance and doctors, have fewer health care choices, and has also hurt our nation’s economy.
- Higher Costs: Although President Obama promised that his health care law would lower the cost of health care, Obamacare has caused premiums across the country to skyrocket. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, individual premiums are expected to increase by an average of 25 percent nationally in 2017. In Alabama, the news is even worse. In 2017, individual Obamacare premiums are expected to rise by an average of 36%. This increase comes on the heels of a 28% hike from 2015 to 2016.
- Reduced hours and pay: Obamacare requires businesses to provide health care for all full-time employees, which is defined as those who work 30 hours a week instead of the traditional 40 hours a week. As a result, many employers have cut employees’ hours so that they do not count towards this requirement. Thus, millions of hourly employees are seeing a reduction in hours and pay.
- Job loss: In February 2014, the CBO issued a report which shows that Obamacare will cost the economy the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs by 2024. In Alabama, the estimated job loss is over 34,000.
I believe that steps should be taken to reform our nation’s health care delivery system. I support initiatives such as making insurance more portable, expanding health savings accounts, reducing frivolous lawsuits, and emphasizing preventive care efforts. Together, these initiatives can lower overall health care expenditures, improve access to care, and ultimately reduce the government’s involvement in our nation’s health care delivery system.