America’s doctors and nurses are the best in the world, but health care costs have been spiraling out of control for too long. As a father and small business owner, I experienced these soaring costs firsthand. Rising costs are a burden for families, small businesses, and the economy. The new health care reform law is making a positive difference for families and small businesses across our country by encouraging doctors and hospitals to work together to provide better-quality care and produce better results.
Moreover, by providing health insurance to so many more Americans – including preventative care – we will see health care costs start to go down. But, we must continue to build on the foundation that law created. I supported the law after traveling our area on a listening tour and hearing from thousands of people about health care. Before the law was passed, I hosted multiple “Congress at Your Corner” town hall events to hear from anyone who wanted to attend; met with patients, doctors, and small business owners to learn about their experiences; visited hospitals, nursing homes, and health centers to learn about how health care reform would affect them; and received tens of thousands of phone calls, letters, faxes, and emails from California residents.
The new law prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and makes it illegal for an insurance company to drop you if you get sick.
Health care reform includes important patient protections that are making life better for Californians. The new law prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and makes it illegal for an insurance company to drop you if you get sick. The law lets young adults stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26 and improves Medicare in many ways, including by closing the “donut hole” that forces many seniors to pay heavy out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. Reform will also lower insurance premiums and reduce health care costs by promoting vigorous, transparent competition between private insurance companies. California was one of the first states to roll out a health care exchange, and the result is projected lower health insurance costs to our residents.
I’m committed to continuing to listen to your thoughts and ideas as health care reform is implemented. The new law is a major step forward, but I know it’s not perfect. I’ll keep studying the best proposals, listening to the concerns and suggestions of Californians, and working to improve the law as we move forward.