I support policies that:
- Preserve and protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- Protect the healthcare of our Veterans and Service Members. We should honor them by keeping costs TRICARE costs as low as possible.
- Reduce frivolous lawsuits against doctors that drive up the costs of your healthcare. Crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse.
- Reduce taxes, penalties, and insurance premiums by repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
- Reduce the cost of healthcare
I have been a staunch advocate to repair a failing healthcare system. My goal remains - to restore a health system that is affordable. Not only have I advocated to repeal Obamacare during my tenure in Congress, but I will continue to support legislation that helps provide relief to many Mississippians.
In 2017, the House of Representatives began working to fix America’s broken healthcare system. I voted to pass the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed and replaced the disastrous Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, those efforts fell just short in the Senate, and failed to relieve the nation of Obamacare. This did not stop my desire to repeal and replace Obamacare, or my passion to work toward making healthcare affordable.
For the voiceless
I believe in defending the rights of the unborn and being a voice to the voiceless. I've repeatedly introduced legislation called “Every Child is a Blessing”. This bill stops “wrongful birth” cases where individuals sue on the grounds that they would have never had a child had they realized the child would be disabled. No child should be subjected to hearing they should have never been born.
I've also voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood – the nation’s leader in aborting children. As I support and promote pro-life policies, I believe that life begins at conception, which is why the legislation that I've cosponsored reflects those same values.
In the 115th Congress, I cosponsored HR 314 the Health Care Choice Act of 2017, that would allow health insurance to be sold across state lines. I've heard time and time again, from many of my constituents, that insurance should be available across state lines, and I completely agreed. In order to create inner state competition, Americans should have the option and choice to find an insurance policy that works for them and their family.
I have met with and discussed the multitude of issues that local South Mississippi clinics, hospitals, and doctors are currently facing. After hearing the crippling effect that Obamacare had on our local healthcare system, I worked to provide relief in a pool of areas. That’s why, in 2017, I was able to lead the delay of Medicaid reimbursement cuts that could have forced our hospitals to close their doors or reduce their comprehensive care. I've also cosponsored legislation to support community health centers in Mississippi – clinics that see over 280,000 Mississippians per year. In that same bill, there was also support for robust funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program – which provides insurance to 75,000 young Mississippians. In 2018, we passed legislation that authorizes necessary funding for the CHIP.
While my commitment to repealing and replacing Obamacare is not shaken, I will continue to support policies that put patients first and allow for our local health systems to provide comprehensive healthcare to all of South Mississippi’s residents.
Here is some additional legislation that I have cosponsored in the 115th Congress
o Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
o Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
o State Health Flexibility Act of 2017
o Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017
o Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act
o Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2017
o Childhood Cancer STAR Act
o Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act
o Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act
o Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017
o Preserving Patient Access to Compounded Medications Act of 2017
o Save Rural Hospitals Act