Fixing A Broken System

Obamacare is bad for everyone in the country, which is why I have fought it at every turn.

Senator John Cornyn

Our health care system is broken, but Obamacare, with its prohibitive costs and job-killing policies, isn’t the answer. Rather than waste any more time propping up a costly and unworkable system, we should focus on health reform that brings down costs, increases the quality of and access to care, and preserves the patient-doctor relationship.

 

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  • Enacted the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act Bill number and Congress, a bill that repealed the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), created by Obamacare, in its entirety. IPAB created a new panel of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to determine care for American seniors.
  • Cofounded the Senate Community Health Centers Caucus to support and promote policies that preserve and expand access to primary health care for the growing number of underserved and uninsured Americans who rely on our nation’s community health centers, which provide high quality care, save money, and foster community leadership.
  • Led effort to push the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to renew the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program 1115 Waiver. The 1115 waiver is a partnership between the state, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and more than 300 local health care providers that is redesigning the delivery of health care in Texas to make it more efficient and effective. 
  • Sponsored the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act, S.1416, to prevent pharmaceutical companies from gaming the system and limited patient access to lower-cost generic drugs.
  • Sponsored the Medicare Prescription Drug Fraud Prevention Act, S. 1505, to ensure Medicare prescription drug plans report waste, fraud, and abuse and take appropriate corrective actions.
  • Sponsored the Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act, S. 1664, which would provide greater transparency by requiring pharmaceutical companies to report drug prices and to notify the Secretary of HHS before any price increases.
  • Sponsored the Fair AMP Act, S. 1785, which prevents prescriptions drug companies from using authorized generics to charge Medicaid higher prices for their brand name products.
  • Sponsored S.801, a bill to provide greater transparency in the Medicare prescription drug plans by providing claims data to MedPAC and MACPAC to analyze.
  • Sponsored the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act S. 2002, 114th to improve our mental health system and ensure the mentally ill in our criminal justice system are identified and receive the treatment they need.
  • Sponsored the Independence at Home Act, which brings Independence at Home (IAH) into the Medicare program nationwide, the logical next step in Congress’ efforts to improve quality of care, eliminate inefficiencies in care delivery, and promote patient dignity for our nation’s Medicare seniors.
  • Sponsored the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act S. 463, 115th to amend the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency.
  • Cosponsored the Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors, which would establish a drug management program to prevent prescription drug abuse under the Medicare program.
  • Cosponsored the Patient Freedom Act, which provides state-based alternatives to coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and price transparency, in order to promote a more market-based health care system and to reform the provision of health insurance coverage by promoting health savings accounts.
  • Supported the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which also would redirect Planned Parenthood funds towards women’s health services.
  • Cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs.
  • Cosponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would generally prohibit physicians from performing an abortion if the unborn child is older than twenty weeks. Thirteen states, including Texas, currently maintain such a prohibition.
  • Cosponsored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to require any healthcare practitioner to protect the human rights of any child born alive following an attempted abortion.

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