I am a passionate advocate for patient-centered health care. Doctors and their patients, not the federal government, should be making health care decisions. We all want every American to have access to affordable care; however, there are stark contrasts in how Democrats and Republicans believe we get there.
I support real solutions to rising health care costs:
- Allowing insurance companies to operate under interstate commerce laws will lead to more competition, better prices and offerings.
- Businesses and the self-employed receive a tax deduction for insurance premiums. Let’s extend that to individuals, giving an incentive instead of a deterrent for buying health care.
- Preexisting conditions can make insurance for many people unaffordable or simply unavailable. High risk pools were functioning well in many states before ObamaCare–providing affordable coverage to those with preexisting conditions without raising premiums for everyone else. States should be permitted to create these pools again.
- Defensive medicine costs more than $100 billion a year.
- Texas and New York show us the path forward here. Following passage of TORT reform in Texas, malpractice insurance rates have fallen more than 60 percent. Meanwhile, malpractice premiums in New York have increased by 60 percent. The result? Around 2,000 physicians have moved their practices from New York to Texas due to lower rates.
- Allow small businesses to pool employees for coverage.
These policies, centered around what’s best for patients, are what will truly transform our health care system. Obamacare’s government-centric path, leading to exploding premiums and deductibles while placing a huge financial burden on the entire nation, must be stopped. I will continue to work towards the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and to replace it with solutions that will tackle health care costs and improve access.
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Friday | September 29, 2017
The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed U.S. Senator Tim Scott's resolution designating September Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. He was joined in this effort to help educate communities across the country regarding sickle cell disease by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).Read More
Wednesday | September 20, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below in support of the Cassidy-Graham health care bill.Read More
Tuesday | July 25, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below following today's vote allowing the Senate to start debating a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.Read More
Tuesday | May 9, 2017
Today, Sen. Scott voted in support of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as our next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Below is his statement regarding Gottlieb's nominationRead More