Individual Americans and their doctors should determine which health care options best meet an individual's needs, not federal bureaucrats and politicians. It is clear that under our current health care laws with Obamacare in place costs are skyrocketing and reducing access to quality care. In Alabama, there is only one option for health insurance because of this law.
I am staunchly opposed to Obamacare and all of its regulations. Throughout my time in Congress, I have voted consistently to repeal, replace, dismantle, or defund this law.
The American people are ill-served by a one-size-fits-all health care system that imposes numerous mandates, regulations, and tax hikes. As Obamacare has been implemented, many from Alabama and throughout the country have shared their stories of insurance policy cancellations, skyrocketing premiums or co-pays, and new limitations on what physicians they can see. There's no question that America's health care system is in need of reforms.
I favor replacing Obamacare with a patient-centered system that is not run by the government that can lower costs and increase choices through more competition and fewer mandates.
I am focused on finding solutions that will be focused on returning freedom to health care decision-making in America by unleashing the power of the private sector to reduce costs, increase choices, and return health care decisions back to where they belong—with doctors and patients.
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U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined 216 other House Republicans to vote in favor of a new Healthcare bill Thursday.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where its outcome is uncertain.
Below is a response Roby released on social media after the vote: