Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
One of Bill Johnson’s first votes after being sworn into office was to repeal President Obama's new health care law, "Obamacare." Since then, he has voted to repeal all or parts of Obamacare more than 40 times.
Bill will continue to work to abolish this dangerous new law that limits access, forced many Americans to lose their preferred healthcare insurance, and increased healthcare costs for millions of Americans, and replace it with patient-centered solutions like: making health insurance portable from state to state and job to job; expanding incentives for Americans to contribute their pre-tax dollars into health savings accounts (HSAs) that can be used to lower the cost of routine care; and, enacting medical liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of health care. Johnson supports a few provisions of the new healthcare law, like: preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions; and, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26 - given that in this President’s economy, approximately 50 percent of new college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.
Johnson believes that America’s health care system needs to be improved, but should not be taken over by the federal government.
Fighting Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse
Bill, and the Energy & Commerce Committee on which he serves, crafted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, to fight opioid abuse and address the drug addiction epidemic that is infecting our country. This important bill, now law, is creating programs to curb heroin abuse while expanding access to addiction treatment. Johnson also authored a bill called the DXM Abuse Prevention Act that would stop cough medicine abuse by teens. We have to protect our kids in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio from developing addictive behaviors, and this legislation would be an important step forward.
Expanding Access to Care
As a member of the Telemedicine Working Group, Johnson is helping to lead efforts to expand access to healthcare through the use of telemedicine – technology that has the potential to drive down costs and improve the quality of care for patients in rural areas like Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and throughout the country.
Bringing Life-Saving Drugs to Patients More Quickly
Bill has played an important role in the 21st Century Cures Act – critically important legislation that would accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of life-saving medicines to patients more quickly by modernizing the FDA’s approval process.