Health Care

There are 866,000 Louisianans without health insurance and 1.2 million on the Medicaid rolls receiving limited access to care.  The President’s health care law has hurt Louisiana families causing premiums to skyrocket and 93,000 Louisianans to lose their current health plan.  Unfortunately Obamacare is not making good on its promises to lower cost and increase access for all.  We must do all that we can to shield the American people from the devastating impact of limited access to health care providers, limited choices in the market place, and higher costs.

Here are some of the steps I have taken to improve our health care system:

I was the first U.S. Senator to call for a vote on the full repeal of Obamacare.

Supporting increased competition in the marketplace to lower costs by allowing consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Improving flexibility and expanding health care choices by encouraging patients to use health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to purchase goods and utilize health care services that meet their individual medical needs.

Authoring legislation to allow the reimportation of safe, affordable prescription drugs from Canada and other countries to lower cost of medications.

Authoring legislation to expedite the approval of generic drugs so Louisianans can buy cheaper versions of FDA-approved prescription drugsEnsuring all of Louisiana’s children have access to quality health care.

Authored legislation to create tax relief for seniors in need of special services.

Voted to make health care premiums 100 percent tax-deductible and

Fighting frivolous lawsuits that are driving doctors out of business and increasing costs for patients.

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control

National Institutes of Health


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