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The Affordable Care Act has confused an already complex and wasteful healthcare system. Americans need more choices and a competitive insurance marketplace, not mandates. We all want a system where people are treated fairly and given the support they need to remain healthy.  We want those who become ill to receive the best care possible and care that is affordable.

In 2016, Arizona had eight health insurers offering plans on the Obamacare exchanges. By the end of the year, four insurers had entirely exited the market, leaving many uninsured or unable to afford coverage altogether. The fact is Obamacare devastated Arizona’s insurance market instead of allowing for increased competition, innovation, and access.

Imposing mandates on individuals and businesses while taxing procedures, payment plans to doctors, and everyday medical devices is not a recipe for improved healthcare access, affordability or quality. Improving healthcare for every American starts by improving access to information so consumers can truly understand and compare the cost of care.

We in Congress must do everything we can to help working families obtain better access to affordable health insurance.  To do this, we must foster a system that makes the price of health care honest and transparent while supporting marketplace competition to control costs.  We need to focus on reforms that improve affordability and provide flexibility, not impose mandates that result in lost jobs and threaten the economic security of working Americans.

The resources below highlight a few of my concerns with the Affordable Care Act and the current state of the health insurance market:

- Kaiser Family Foundation | 2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

…the largest increases in the unsubsidized second-lowest silver plan were Phoenix, AZ (up 145% from $207 to $507 per month for a 40-year-old non-smoker), Birmingham, AL (up 71% from $288 to $492) and Oklahoma City, OK (up 67% from $295 to $493).

- USA TODAY | Obamacare Hurts My Small Business

My firm, which has fewer than 20 employees, recently received our renewal package for next year's health insurance plan. It read: "Your current coverage is no longer being offered, but we've provided you with a great alternative" -- an estimated 48% increase in premiums. That translates into approximately $1,676 in added costs per year for every individual covered on our plan ($6,704 for a family of four). That's approximately $44,000 in added annual costs that could otherwise be used to hire a college graduate.

More on Health Care

October 9, 2018 Press Release

Congressman David Schweikert Introduces Legislation to Amend Public Health Service Act.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              Grace White

OCTOBER 2, 2018                                                           202-225-2190

 

July 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) and Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) members of the Valley Fever Task Force team together to support the FORWARD Act.

Today, Rep. Schweikert and Rep. McSally introduced the FORWARD Act to advance diagnostics, clinical research, and treatments for Valley Fever. The legislation outlines the impact of the orphan fungal-disease and provides critical support to researchers and drug developers to find viable treatments, and ultimately a long-term cure for Valley Fever.

July 27, 2018 Press Release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Contact: Matt Sparks

Thursday, July 26, 2018                                                                                          (661) 327-3611

Grace White

               (202) 225-2190       

 

May 16, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), along with Subcommittee on Health Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), released legislative proposals to help combat the opioid crisis.

October 16, 2017 In The News

Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona's 6th Congressional District discusses Congress' responsibilities and healthcare financing. 

August 16, 2017 Press Release

Joint Economic Committee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today unveiled Main Street Economics, the first-ever podcast by committee Republicans. Participants will talk about ways to expand economic opportunity for American families.

August 16, 2017 In The News

Joint Economic Committee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today unveiled Main Street Economics, the first-ever podcast by committee Republicans. Participants will talk about ways to expand economic opportunity for American families.

May 5, 2017 In The News

On April 6, the House of Representatives added an amendment from Rep. Gary Palmer (AL) and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ) to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before their recess. The amendment was drawn, in part, from the proposal in our previous Health Affairs Blog post.