Earlier this week, Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders debated aspects of Obamacare, and the best way to solve the problems facing the U.S. health care system.
Both agreed that access to affordable health care is one of the most important problems to address, but they had fundamentally different beliefs on who is best equipped to decide what solutions should look like.
But another approach is giving consumers more choice and control over their health care decisions. This was the view articulated by Senator Ted Cruz in the debate. One of the main reasons Obamacare has failed is because it was designed to try to cover every possible outcome in one bill. Sen. Cruz details how complex the law is in this clip from the debate:
All of these regulations and rules to sort through make it more difficult for people to receive the care they need. It also represents an extremely outdated way of doing things—blocking new, innovative treatments and medicines because federal bureaucrats haven’t approved them yet.
Sen. Cruz told a story about little girl in Texas who was able to stop using a feeding tube thanks to a new treatment that’s available available in Canada and the European Union. However, the girl faced a setback when federal regulations prevented her from being able to continue using the treatment here in the U.S. This is not the type of system that prioritizes people’s well-being.
Under a government-controlled system, we would each pay the same amount for health care, even if we don’t want or use the same amount of resources. We’ve seen problems with this under Obamacare, as Sen. Cruz highlights that it’s healthy, young Americans who are shouldering much of the cost:
After Obamacare is repealed, Congress needs to focus on reforms that will empower the individual to make the best health care choices for themselves.