The healthcare delivery system in the United States is in need of reform. Health care costs continue to escalate as businesses and families see more of their budgets consumed by health expenses. Access and affordability of health care are paramount to solving the health care crisis facing our country. It is essential that we approach these issues with common sense and with the best interests of the American people at heart.
Unfortunately, I believe ObamaCare would be disastrous for Americans and further cripple our economy. This law moves America’s health care system in the wrong direction, transferring decisions about your family’s health care from you to Washington bureaucrats. The federal government should not be interfering with decisions on what doctors to see and how to spend family health care dollars. The majority of Americans continue to oppose the new law and that's why I voted against its passage in March and voted to repeal it today.
The White House and Congressional Democrats plan creates unprecedented mandates, new taxes, expensive entitlement expansions, and adds unworkable and costly insurance provisions. Equally importantly, this law fails to address the rising costs that place quality health care out of reach for many Americans.
We still need to reform our health care system. Many still lack affordable coverage due to a pre-existing condition and costs are still rising. But, there are better ways to increase quality coverage for Americans who lack access. Congress can repeal and replace this law with legislation that ensures that individuals with pre-existing conditions receive access to affordable care, allows people to shop across state lines for more competitive insurance rates, and allows small businesses to join together so they can provide more affordable, quality coverage for their employees in the same way that large corporations and unions can.
Republicans have offered alternatives every step of the way to increase the number of Americans with access to health care while allowing those who are satisfied with their health care coverage to keep it. Reforming health care is an issue that affects every single American and something that should be done in a bipartisan, open and logical manner.
Olson Health Care Op/Eds:
Saving American workers - Houston Community News 4/7/14
Obamacare's real goal was control over our lives - The Hill 12/11/13
A better way to improve healthcare system - Houston Community News 11/05/13
The more we learn, the less we like about Obamacare - Houston Community News 3/19/2013
Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer - Houston Community News 10/16/2012
Obama’s reforms will lead to ruin - The Hill 08/01/12
Voters must now decide future of healthcare law - The Hill 07/10/12
Projected cost of president's healthcare plan skyrockets - Bay Area Citizen 03/19/12
GOP’s proactive steps lessen impact of ‘intrusive’ health care mandate - Bay Area Citizen 02/07/12
Health Care Issue Bills Supported by Rep. Olson:
1. H.R. 351: To repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
2. H.R.447: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013
3. H.R.523: Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013
4. H.R.544: Letting Insurance Benefit Everyone Regardless of Their Youth (LIBERTY) Act
5. H.R.762: Health Care Choice Act of 2013
6. H.R.763: To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
7. H.R.800: To amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exclude customary prompt pay discounts from manufacturers to wholesalers from the average sales price for drugs and biologicals under Medicare.
8. H.R.846: Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2013
9. H.R. 940: Health Care Conscience Rights Act
10. H.R.1074: National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act
11. H.RES.114: Recognizing the Sabin Vaccine Institute on the 20th anniversary of its founding.
12. H.R. 1148: Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2013
13. H.R.1717: Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [R-GA-6] (introduced 4/24/2013) Cosponsors: 153
14. H.R.1735: In It All Together Act
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [R-LA-6] (introduced 4/25/2013) Cosponsors: 22
15. H.R.1787: Rural Hospital Access Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] (introduced 4/26/2013) Cosponsors: 57
16. H.R.1919: Safeguarding America's Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] (introduced 5/9/2013) Cosponsors: 20
17. H.R.2022: To prohibit the implementation or enforcement of any requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until certifications are made that taxpayer information is not and will not be used for targeting any individual or group that provides information to the Internal Revenue Service for political reasons or on the basis of political views, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (introduced 5/16/2013) Cosponsors: 38
18. H.R.2009: Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [R-GA-6] (introduced 5/16/2013) Cosponsors: 145
19. H.R.2135: Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (introduced 5/23/2013) Cosponsors: 6
20. H.R.2300: Empowering Patients First Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [R-GA-6] (introduced 6/6/2013) Cosponsors: 35
21. H.R.2328: Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8] (introduced 6/12/2013) Cosponsors: 72
22. H.R.2415: Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [R-LA-6] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors: 30
23. H.R.2682: Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Tom [R-GA-14] (introduced 7/11/2013) Cosponsors: 148
24. H.R.2809: To delay the application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors: 68
25. H.R.2810: Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors: 40
26. H.R.2725: Food and Drug Administration Safety Over Sequestration Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors: 45
27. H.R.3067: No Obamacare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV-2] (introduced 9/9/2013) Cosponsors: 24
28. H.J.RES.62: Stability, Security, and Fairness Resolution of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Tom [R-GA-14] (introduced 9/12/2013) Cosponsors: 74
29. H.R.1797: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] (introduced 4/26/2013) Cosponsors: 184
30. H.R.1814: EACH Act
Sponsor: Rep Schock, Aaron [R-IL-18] (introduced 4/26/2013) Cosponsors: 148
31. H.R.1830: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV-2] (introduced 5/6/2013) Cosponsors: 165
32. H.R.2453: Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors: 12
33. H.R.2700: Health Care Waiver Fairness Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8] (introduced 7/16/2013) Cosponsors: 8