Patrick has been fighting against Obamacare since the minute it was passed in a late-night session on a party-line vote. He has repeatedly voted to repeal or defund the law. In several cases, Patrick and House Republicans have been successful in dismantling or delaying parts of Obamacare, including repealing the requirement that small business owners send 1099 forms to everyone they do business with, defunding the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB, also known as “death panels”), and ending a long-term care program (the CLASS Act) that was completely unworkable.
As an alternative to the burdensome, expensive and intrusive Obamacare, Patrick is a proud cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act, which would replace Obamacare with a free market solution that allows consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, to form small business pools in order to get the same rates as larger corporations and to impose tort reform in order to lower costs. It protects those with pre-existing conditions and strengthens Health Savings Accounts.
Patrick believes that Americans have access to the greatest health care in the world, and we must encourage innovation while keeping costs down. Higher health care costs translate into lower wages for workers, so Patrick is fighting to increase competition and transparency and get costs lower.