Throughout my years in public service, from the Georgia legislature to the House of Representatives, I have made it one of my main objectives to ensure and promote the health and well-being of my fellow Georgians. We have much work to do, but I believe with dedicated efforts, we can achieve success. With 46 million Americans without health insurance and millions more underinsured, there is no question our nation is facing a healthcare crisis.
Every American should be confident that whether they lose their job, change jobs, become sick, or just grow old, they will be able to find affordable, high quality healthcare. We must also focus on ways we can make it easier for employers to provide health insurance to their employees and incentives for employees to purchase healthcare plans. The traditional system is failing hard working Americans and causing additional burdens on families. Access to high quality health care should be available to all American regardless of where they live, their racial ethnicity or income. However, racial and ethnic minorities are too often denied the high quality health care many other Americans receive.
I am in support of pushing an agenda to raise the standard of health care for all Americans and will actively seek for ways to address health care access and life expectancy disparities in the minority communities. I strongly support ensuring that all Americans have access to healthcare coverage, whether it is through private insurance, employer-sponsored insurance plans, or state and federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. I have and will continue to be a vocal advocate for the Medicare and Medicaid programs and will continue to lend my full support to ensuring these important programs do not field drastic cuts included in the President’s FY ’07 Budget.
I share the deep concerns of 13th District residents about the state of healthcare in our country. As we continue to struggle with crippling diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and AIDS, I believe the promise of a cure for these and many other conditions is just around the corner. However, the research and treatments programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control must be adequately funded. Unfortunately, NIH funding has remained flat for the past two years.
Georgia’s physicians and hospitals are in need of help, as well. Although Georgia is not last in Medicare reimbursement payments, the state does lag behind the national average. The outdated payment system must be reformed.
Representing Georgians is more than just casting votes in Washington. I believe strongly that the most important part of being a Member of Congress is helping people. We all have a stake in maintaining and improving Georgia’s healthcare system. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure healthcare continues to be at the forefront of our discussions. It is of utmost importance, and Georgians deserve no less. I am here to work for Georgia, and I will continue to put forth a dedicated effort towards quality healthcare initiatives.
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