A government takeover of your health care

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How do you pay for a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system? Through the largest tax increase in American history. But that’s not the only consequence of the single-payer health care proposal backed by Democrats in Congress. Here are additional costs of a federal government takeover of your health care:

     Elimination of private health insurance for more than 158 million      Americans, forcing them into a government-run system.
     The end of Medicare as we know it.
     Delays in access to care and increased wait times.
     Path to the elimination of the VA.
We need to know exactly how this Democrat proposal would impact American family budgets, which is why I have called for a hearing to examine the implications of Medicare for All.

Even left-leaning think tanks like the Urban Institute have stated that a Medicare for All proposal could cost taxpayers as much as $32 trillion over ten years, and one Democratic presidential candidate acknowledged that the proposal would end private and employer sponsored health care.

Unfortunately, Democrats have chosen “Medicare for All” to lead their health care agenda rather than what the American people would like Congress to focus on: out-of-control health care costs.

The fact of the matter is that, for too many Americans, health insurance coverage exists solely on paper because health care costs and high deductibles are putting family budgets in peril.

In the last Congress, I led the effort on several proposals to reduce health care costs for consumers, particularly costs related to prescription drugs and treatments. We passed into law legislation that modernized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which helped streamline the approval process for lower-cost generic alternatives. Last year the FDA approved the most generic drugs in history, including a generic EpiPen that gives patients living with severe allergies a much-needed lower-cost option.

I also fought hard to ban the use of so-called “gag clauses,” which restrict a pharmacist’s ability to inform a patient that their drug would be cheaper if they paid out of pocket than if they paid through their insurance. This will help ensure that pharmacists can fully communicate pricing options to patients in need. 

We also opened up the hearing aid market to competition, bring innovation and lower costs to consumers.

Tackling the high cost of health care is a priority for families in Oregon and across the country, and it is a priority for me in Congress.  This is what we should be working across the aisle toward in Congress, not a partisan, single-payer health care proposal that puts patient choice in the back seat, the federal government in the driver seat, and a historic tax increase on the backs of middle-class American families.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards, Greg Walden

U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

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