Col. Rogers’ editorial: With healthcare, there is a better way

This editorial originally appeared in the Casa Grande Dispatch on July 6. 

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The fight for quality, affordable health care is far from over in America. Since the passage of Obamacare, Congress has attempted to repeal this big-government bureaucracy more than 60 times – as they should. Its passage has ushered in higher premiums and deductibles for individuals, families and small businesses. It is rampant with fraud, waste and abuse. It has more mandates, regulations and taxes, and it’s causing doctors to leave a once honored profession because it injects government between them and their patients. This disastrous law must be repealed and replaced by the next Congress and a Republican president.

As a licensed clinical psychiatric social worker in mental health, I adamantly believe that Obamacare has made our healthcare system worse as it fails the very people it was supposed to help. I am not alone. Health care professionals are leaving the system as they find it more difficult to treat their patients and provide quality care. As a candidate for Congress, I support an effort in the US House to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a proposed plan called A Better Way.

This plan will not take us back to the pre-Obamacare days nor will it keep things the same with minor modifications. A Better Way will be a step-by-step plan that allows every person to access quality and affordable health care for themselves and their family. A Better Way is more than a replacement to Obamacare. It is an approach to finally solve the problems that were never fixed before or with the passage of Obamacare.

At the core of the plan is the fundamental principle that healthcare must be patient-centered and not driven by insurance companies, lawyers or government bureaucracies. It restores the patient-doctor relationship, freedom and flexibility, competition, access and portability, security, quality life-saving treatment and affordability. It gets government out of the way and puts you back in control of your own healthcare decisions. And it protects the promises made to older Americans through Medicare.

Our current representative, Ann Kirkpatrick, voted for Obamacare. She is proud of her vote and would keep you and your family in the same broken system. The good news is next year, she will no longer represent you in Congress. I stand to replace her. New change is on the way and I hope to do my part in restoring a climate that puts you back in charge of your health care decisions. No longer will the politicians, insurance companies and lawyers be in charge. Through A Better Way, I believe our problems with the current health care system will finally be fixed with non-partisan, common-sense solutions that give Americans access to affordable, high-quality health care that no one can take away.  To find out more about A Better Way, visit: ABetterWay.speaker.gov.

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