Before there was Obamacare there was “Hillarycare.” In 1993 and 1994 the nation debated and rejected the proposals offered back then by the Clinton Administration. Unfortunately, Republican leaders failed to follow up on that success by effectively advocating for the kind of reforms that have been – and still are – desperately needed.
The GOP’s failure to win the support of the American public for the right solutions has led to the Obamacare debacle. Millions have lost their insurance plans, their ability to see the doctor of their choice, and the government-run website is an international joke. And there’s more trouble ahead. Small businesses are about to get hit as Obamacare regulations cause rate hikes that many won’t be able to afford.
I am running for Congress because we need new leadership that will use the platform the office provides to aggressively advocate for health care reforms that rest on principles that work. Government should not be in charge of the health care system. In fact, history and common sense tells us that government is incapable of doing so.
As Americans suffer through the consequences of Obamacare, they are ready to hear the outlines of an alternative path, one that is patient-centered and rooted in market-based principles. We must allow individuals to reclaim control of their own health care.
With the right kind of leadership all the needed reforms can be achieved without increasing the role of government, the tax burden, and the incredibly unfair level of debt that’s being left to future generations.
Insurance should be portable from one job to another. The tax code should not favor employer-based plans over individually held plans. Insurance should be able to be purchased across state lines. The market should be allowed to provide consumers the policy choices they want. There should be help available for those who can’t afford care, and those with pre-existing conditions should have access to insurance.
Throughout American history we have watched the free market lead to innovation, higher quality, and lower costs – that is, unless government meddling goes too far. Achieving the same positive result in the health care system is possible as well – but only if we elect new leadership that is committed to making sure enough citizens hear the good news about what’s possible so they can demand the right kind of change.
Chris Balkema is a Republican running for Congress in the 11th CD.