Since announcing my campaign for Congress earlier this fall I have spent my time meeting and talking with voters across our district. It's clear that Granite Staters are sick of political dysfunction in Washington and want real solutions to America's current challenges.
One of the biggest challenges we currently face is that Washington's big government approach to health care regulation isn't working. Millions are losing their current health insurance, hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted on a website that doesn't work, and billions more will be spent for high priced insurance that people don't want.
Republicans must do more than just hold President Obama accountable for his health care failure. I believe we must also offer a conservative alternative to Obamacare, one that actually accomplishes our goal of making health insurance more affordable, more accessible and helps make every American healthier.
This is why I announced my detailed plan to reform America's broken health care system and move us toward more affordable and accessible medical care for all Americans.
Clean up the ObamaCare mess by delaying the costly Employer and Individual Mandates until 2017.
Make insurance more affordable by allowing individuals to fully deduct the cost of their health insurance premiums, and encouraging Health Savings Accounts and Medical Retirement Accounts. Allow consumers to shop for insurance across state lines, and reduce the frivolous lawsuits that increase costs while driving rural health care providers out of business.
Improve access to health care by giving states greater flexibility over Medicaid, and streamlining the FDA approval process that keeps life-saving drugs from patients that need them.
Move beyond Washington by encouraging best practices that reduce medical and diagnostic errors, saving money, and improving health care outcomes. See a great example by the Mayo Clinic which is working right now.
These are just some of the ideas I've put forward in the Innis Agenda for Health Care, and I'm eager to work with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to find more. Congress is stifling innovation and reform in the health care industry. We should unleash new ideas to not only make health insurance more affordable, and health care more accessible, but to make every American healthier.
I hope to see you on the campaign trail soon and talk with you more about this issue.