All Arkansans and Americans deserve affordable and effective health care. I believe that the best way to achieve this is through targeted, transparent, well thought out reforms that acknowledge the complexity of our health care system. This includes lower cost health care by encouraging innovation, increasing competition and choice, reforming medical malpractice laws, and reducing waste, fraud, and abuse. Individuals should be empowered and encouraged to take control of and responsibility for their health care through the use of tools like health savings accounts and incentives that reward healthy behaviors. With the right kind of reforms, we can increase coverage and access in a cost-effective manner while ensuring patients with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health care.
I am a strong supporter of community health centers as they have continually proven to be a crucial investment by delivering high quality, affordable health care while generating savings to the entire health system. Teaching health centers are also instrumental in increasing access to health care services, especially in rural and underserved areas like Arkansas, and they can help reduce the documented primary care physician shortage this country is experiencing by allowing physicians to train in community-based settings.