Years ago, President Obama promised health insurance premiums would go down under ObamaCare. They haven’t. Across the country, folks have endured significant health insurance premium increases, as well as increases in out of pocket costs like deductibles and copays. In fact, Iowans looking for health care plans in the exchange saw increases of up to 43 percent in 2017.
Iowans sent me to Congress to focus on patient-centered, affordable health care reforms that enhance competition, increase flexibility, constrain rising costs and ensure folks have a voice over their own health care decisions.
Too many Iowa families and businesses have been hurt by the painful effects of ObamaCare – from rising costs, to losing access to doctors, to hampering businesses’ ability to hire new employees.
Health care reform should be focused on choice, not mandates. Patients, families, and doctors know what best meets their needs, and they are the ones who should be in control of health care decisions, not Washington, D.C. Instead of this Washington-centered approach, we need to look for patient-centered alternatives that increase access to quality health care services at an affordable price.
In addition, I am also working with my colleagues to ensure that rural Iowans continue to have access to the services they need. Much of Iowa is considered medically underserved, and we need to look for new and innovative ways to make certain folks in these areas have access to treatment.
That’s why I have championed the Telemedicine for Medicare (TELE-MED) Act and the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act to help advance telehealth as an option to serve rural America.