The United States has one of the best health care systems in the world. Our nation is a leader in the research and development of newer and more effective treatments and cures for a host of medical conditions that not only extend, but improve the quality of life for patients. In fact, some of these new treatments have their origins right here in Illinois.
However, despite these virtues, far too many Americans have trouble affording and accessing quality care. Others struggle with escalating health insurance premiums and other costs that impose economic hardships they cannot afford.
Unfortunately, Obamacare failed to address these challenges, and in many ways made them worse. For example:
Obamacare imposes substantial new taxes and other government dictates on American workers and small businesses which hurts affordability and job creation;
Obamacare empowers a board of unelected bureaucrats to make healthcare decisions best left to patients and doctors;
Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose their health insurance plans and then forced them to buy policies that cost more and do less;
Obamacare cuts $700 billion in funding for Medicare, jeopardizing care for seniors while adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit and debt, among other problems.
This is why I will continue to support policies to repeal Obamacare and replace it with fiscally-responsible patient-centric reforms that help reduce costs without sacrificing access to care.
My Efforts to Improve Southern Illinois Health Care
Voted to repeal Obamacare
Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to eliminate Obamacare’s unelected board of bureaucrats and strip their power to determine how physicians care for seniors;
Cosponsored and Voted for the 21st Century Cures Act to increase federal investments in disease research and streamline the regulatory process for approving newer and more effective medical treatments and devices;
Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to Eliminate Obamacare’s Tax on life saving and improving medical devices
Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to repeal Obamacare’s job killing mandate on small business;
Voted for Legislation Fixing Medicare’s flawed physician payment system to protect senior’s access to physicians;
Cosponsored legislation to eliminate burdensome bureaucratic red tape on small, rural hospitals
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The U.S. House approved an amendment to the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act introduced by Murphysboro Republican Mike Bost. It ensures the law includes people qualified for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who have been displaced or relocated from a public housing authority.
Charles “Chas” Karidis, of Madison County, had dreams of being a husband and father, and making his mark on the world. He wanted to be a good role model for his younger brother, Niko. Sadly, these aspirations came to an end in November 2013 when Chas’ mom, Kari, received a phone call that no parent wants to receive. Kari, an assistant principal at Collinsville High School, learned that Chas had succumbed to a battle with heroin addiction just after his 23rd birthday.
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I believe the best way to represent our district is by keeping in touch with its people. That’s why I launched a 12-county tour of the 12th District during the April district work period. Stops on my tour included meetings with groups of constituents in my district offices, laying a wreath to honor our heroes at the VA cemetery in Mound City, volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Alton, reading to elementary school students in Carbondale, hearing from job creators throughout Southern Illinois, and receiving feedback from military spouses in O’Fallon.
Bost, who said his mother’s family is populated with many coal miners, said Congress “has got to go with a permanent fix, not just on the health care, but the pensions.” He said stress and worry about whether both will go away for thousands of retired miners has itself led to more health problems.
“They worked around a very dangerous situation, and all they ask for is these benefits that they negotiated,” Bost said.
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