Senator Rob Portman believes that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with reforms that will actually lower costs and improve the quality of our health care. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the health care law the Democrats shoved through Congress in 2009 will slow economic growth over the next decade, cost 2.5 million jobs, and contribute a trillion dollars to the deficit.
The Obamacare rollout has been disastrous, filled with technical glitches and poor management. But the problems with the Obamacare law are much worse than a just few glitches.
President Obama promised that if you liked your insurance you could keep it, but Obamacare has caused people to lose their coverage. He promised people they could keep their doctor, yet insurers are already shrinking networks to cut costs. He promised premiums would go down by $2,500, but data shows rates in Ohio going up an average of 41 percent. And despite over a trillion dollars in new spending, nineteen taxes, multiple mandates, Obamacare will still leave over 30 million people without insurance coverage after it has been in place 10 years.
There are alternatives to Obamacare that would actually reduce the costs in health care. Senator Rob Portman believes that we should allow companies to sell insurance across state lines, pass tort reform to reduce the extra costs due to frivolous lawsuits, and allow smaller businesses to band together and get the same tax benefits that larger businesses have when providing health care to their employees.
Other proposals include establishing well-funded high risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions and providing tax credits for people to purchase insurance on the individual market.
Together, we can repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense reforms to lower costs and improve our health care system.