It’s October First, and that means we’re celebrating several one year anniversaries. A year ago today, the federal government was shut down due to a lack of agreement between Republicans and Democrats over a continuing resolution.
We learned that a former Lawrenceville City Councilman named P.K. Martin would mount a challenge to longtime State Senator Don Balfour, and that Michael Williams would primary longtime Forsyth County State Senator Jack Murphy. Both challengers would eventually win their respective primaries in runoffs.
And then, there was this.
That’s right, one year ago today, the Obamacare Insurance Exchanges opened, and a Georgian was apparently the first to be able to sign up.
And on the one year anniversary of healthcare.gov, Georgia Congressman Tom Price issued this statement:
For years, President Obama, his administration and his allies in Washington defended and celebrated Obamacare by making one promise after another to the American people. One year after enrollment began, those promises have been predictably broken. Premiums and out-of-pocket expenses have gone up. Access and choices have gone down due to narrower provider networks. Many Americans have been kicked off the plan they had, losing access to the doctors and hospitals they knew and trusted. American job creators – particularly small businesses – are dealing with the fallout from Obamacare’s regulations that punish job creation and economic growth. In short, the American people are paying more and getting less.
Thankfully, there are solutions to the challenges in our health care system that can both stop the harm being done by Obamacare and fix what has ailed our health care system for years. We can expand access to quality health care by ensuring Americans have the financial wherewithal to purchase the coverage they want for themselves, not that Washington dictates to them. We can solve the challenges of portability and pre-existing conditions by letting folks own their coverage and take it with them even if they change a job or lose a job. By giving individuals and families the opportunity to pool together with others to gain the purchasing power of millions, we can make it so no one is priced out of the market even if they have a bad diagnosis or injury. We can save billions of dollars each year by enacting meaningful lawsuit abuse reform to end the practice of defensive medicine.
Obamacare is putting Washington in charge by breaking promises and undermining the doctor-patient relationship. We can change that with positive solutions that put patients, families and doctors in charge of health care decisions.
An orthopedic surgeon, Price has introduced H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act, which is an alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Its patient centered provisions would likely become a cornerstone of a replacement to Obamacare should the GOP retake the Senate in November.