The affordability and accessibility of health care is a concern for all Americans. However, the solution is not the government-run health care system passed by the Democrat majorities in Congress and signed into law by President Obama during the 111th Congress. A government-run system will result in lower quality of care, rationing, increased costs, higher taxes especially on small businesses, and bureaucrats making sensitive medical decisions that should be solely between you and your doctor. I was adamantly opposed to the passage of this law, which also mandates taxpayer funding of abortion and permits illegal immigrants to obtain taxpayer-funded benefits.
There are common sense ways to improve our current health care system through private pooling arrangements for small businesses and nonprofits, portability, ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, reducing waste and fraud, and medical malpractice liability reform.
Because I am opposed to government-run health care, I voted against Speaker Pelosi's health care bill (H.R. 3962) when it was brought to the House floor on November 7, 2009 and against the final health care takeover bill on March 21, 2010. On January 19, 2011, I voted to repeal Obamacare. During the months since the passage of the law, I have supported challenges to the constitutionality of the law which the Supreme Court has now agreed to review and in addition have supported the conscience rights of religious-affiliated institutions and employers threatened by the implementation of Obamacare, including cosponsorship of H.R. 1179, the Respect for Conscience Rights Act.