SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass the health care bill:
“While our nation’s health care system is in need of reform, the legislation passed today is an example of the ‘cure’ being worse than the disease. It is a patchwork of Washington insider deals, and it will cost California taxpayers millions, if not billions, of dollars we cannot afford.
“This was intended to be a bipartisan effort to improve the quality of our health care while also reducing costs. Sadly, the bill passed today is actually nothing but a product of the insider games we see played all too often in Washington. As a result, the will of the American people was ignored today. Instead, Congress passed a disastrous bill along party lines that will raise health care premiums by 10 to 13 percent, increase taxes by more than half a trillion dollars and put our nation deeper into debt. The tax increases required to fund this new entitlement will place an unfair burden on California’s small-business owners and entrepreneurs, the very people on whom we depend to create jobs and rebuild our economy.
“I don’t trust career politicians like Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to understand how our complex health care system actually works, much less ‘fix’ it in one fell swoop with a massive 5,000-page piece of legislation. There are bipartisan solutions that we know from experience will work to decrease costs, increase competition and improve the quality of care – solutions that are notably absent from this legislation. Instead of working to jam this massive bill through, let’s take a step back and fix specific problems with specific solutions that have bipartisan support.”
Fiorina has consistently called for health care reform legislation that focuses first and foremost on keeping decisions about care between doctors and patients. Any reform measure should build on ideas that we know from experience work, such as:
- Building on programs that provide incentives for receiving preventative care and for healthy lifestyles.
- Reforming malpractice on a national level as has been done in California.
- Providing greater access to lower-cost community-based primary care clinics.
- Encouraging more transparency about pricing and quality of health care services.
- Allowing consumers to purchase any health plan from anywhere in the country.
- Creating more market-based competition for everything from health insurance to prescription drugs.