It is my belief that all Americans deserve access to quality and affordable health care, and I am committed to supporting common sense solutions that expand coverage and contain costs. According to an independent study, the United States has the most expensive health care system in the world, and due to the so-called "Affordable Care Act" the situation continues to worsen and costs continue to soar. In 2015, more than 126,000 Coloradans had to pay a fine for not complying with Obamacare's individual mandate. Congress was able to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate that forced people to buy insurance they could not afford but more needs to be done. Fixing our healthcare system will require repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with patient-centered solutions, which empower Americans and their doctors.
It is time to address the fundamental problem with healthcare in our nation—cost. Sky-high costs are hurting families and Congress has a responsibility to intervene. Allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, encouraging competition in the market, and providing consumers with price transparency are all achievable policies, which have the capability to lower the cost of health care.
Additionally, I support a regulatory framework that encourages biomedical research and innovation. For new preventions, therapies and cures to be available to those who need them, Congress needs to eliminate the barriers standing in the way. I support strengthening federal investments in biomedical research and strong reforms to FDA to ensure consumers have access to life-saving breakthroughs that often times mean the difference between life and death.
As a lifelong Coloradan who grew up on the eastern plains, I understand the critical need for access to quality healthcare for rural Coloradans. I support efforts to strengthen payment structures for small community hospitals, to attract medical residents and retain existing providers to serve isolated areas. Residents of rural America deserve the same access to care as their urban counter parts.
In addition, I also support efforts to combat the growing opioid and heroin epidemic. According to the CDC, in 2016 nearly 46 people died every day due to prescription drug overdoses. Moreover, the CDC has found that individuals addicted to opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. These statistics are staggering and addressing these issues is going to require a multifaceted approach. From expanding prevention efforts, increasing access to treatment facilities, managing pain with alternative practices, limiting drug diversion and identifying bad actors, I remain committed to working with my colleagues across the aisle to address this nationwide crisis that has ravaged so many communities across Colorado.
In order to address the problems facing the healthcare industry everyone needs to sit at the table. Congress will need to work collaboratively with healthcare professionals, researchers, insurance providers and device manufacturers. I continue to support policies that will improve healthcare delivery systems while simultaneously lowering costs.