Healthcare is among my top concerns as a candidate. I grew up in a large ranch family west of Three Forks, Montana. My parents couldn’t afford health insurance so we got by without. Luckily nobody was seriously injured or contracted a major illness. Today, like other self-employed individuals and small business owners, my wife and I struggle with the costs of a high-deductible insurance policy. Republicans claimed they had a better plan, but where is it? All they’ve done so far is undermine the Affordable Care Act with no improvements, no price relief and even more uncertainty.
- Cost Containment: Health care consumes far too much of the average worker’s wages or a small business owner’s bottom line. Savings from cost containment must give relief to patients and their families.
- Incentives for Healthier Americans: People need real incentives to care for their physical health and well-being. Programs in the workplace, in public education and the personal arena that make people healthier could be tied to financial incentives. Healthier people are more productive and happier. It’s also easier to keep a healthy body healthy.
- Protections for Rural Healthcare: Numerous rural hospitals have closed in the past few decades. Now even small clinics that offer basic services are under threat in our small towns. Access to local healthcare must be seen as a basic human right. Rural Montanans in Broadus or Glasgow shouldn’t have to worry about local access to basic healthcare.