America needs health care reform that lower costs, increases access, and enhances patient choice. Obamacare does none of these things. Which is why as your Congressman, Paul has voted 58 times to repeal, defund, or replace it. Dr. Gosar is committed to delivering real reform that gets Washington out of the way and embraces the free-market. The best way to improve health care in America is to replace Obamacare with a system that has a foundation focused on increasing competition, lowering prices for consumers and preventing collusion in health insurance markets.
Before being elected to represent the people of Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, Paul owned and operated a dental practice in Northern Arizona for more than 25 years where he served the community as a health care provider, both by practicing dentistry as well as interacting with other doctors and physicians throughout Arizona in charitable and non-profit activities. Dr. Gosar understands firsthand how Obamacare’s colossal 20,000 pages of regulations restrict choice, drive up insurance premiums and put bureaucrats between you and your doctor. In fact, frustration with the way Washington was damaging health care through Obamacare was one of the primary reasons Dr. Gosar put down his dental tools and jumped in the fight.
The National Federation of Independent Business, the largest organization representing American small business, estimates that the law will cost 1.6 million jobs. It punishes American people and businesses by levying hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes. As our nation’s baby boomers prepares for retirement, Obamacare leaves Medicare in a death spiral as current estimates show Medicare Part A will be insolvent in a matter of years.
Obamacare is unconstitutional to boot, both in statute and in practice: the individual mandate stomps on the principles our Founders intended while the Department of Health and Human Services has exercised its authority under this law to enact a decision that violates our First Amendment right to religious freedom.
Furthermore, Obamacare will NOT significantly lower health costs for the majority of Americans and will NOT, in millions of cases, enable people who like their plan, to keep it.
A key component to reform must include a serious look at medical liability tort reform. The threat of medical malpractice lawsuits has decreased access to quality specialists in fields such as obstetrics and neurology, while a Harvard University study shows that defensive medicine costs our system nearly $46 billion dollars. Dr. Gosar understands the importance of medical liability reform for the future of medicine.
Dr. Gosar has introduced the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, legislation that eliminates the unfair advantage that the insurance industry has had over patients. This legislation will provide patients with lower prices and more healthcare choices. This bill passed the House of Representatives as amendment to the repeal of the IPAB board back in the 112th Congress. Dr. Gosar strongly opposes the IPAB board made up of 15 unelected bureaucrats that was created by Obamacare.
Dr. Gosar has introduced the bipartisan Dental Insurance Act, patient-centered legislation that will increase access to quality dental care.
Paul is a cosponsor of multiple bills and has voted multiple times to repeal Obamacare’s Medical Device Tax. This unjust tax now found is Section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code imposes a 2.3% excise sales tax on certain medical devices. This tax harms patients and increases costs for healthcare providers.
Paul is a coauthor and original cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act, legislation that is a free-market alternative to Obamacare. This bill fully repeals and replaces Obamacare with a patient-centered free market system.
Dr. Gosar is an active member in the House GOP Doctors Caucus. Nearly 20 medical providers in Congress participate in the Caucus and use their medical expertise to develop healthcare reforms that focus on patients, quality care, portability, choice, access and affordability.