Congressman Kevin Brady is one of the leaders of a new healthcare solution that replaces all the taxes and mandates of the Affordable Care Act.
According to Brady, these mandates and taxes involved with the ‘Obamacare’ system drive up costs.
“This (new solution) creates healthcare tailored to what folks in Grimes County need not what people in Washington need,” said Brady. “Families in Grimes County tell me that ‘Obamacare’ is hurting more than helping; it is driving up the cost of healthcare yet they are getting less for it and often can’t see their local doctors or go to the local hospital.”
House representatives and Brady believe they have found a better way. According to the congressman, the proponents of the change are hoping to replace the 159 federal agencies and commissions that are currently in place between a citizen and their doctor.
“This will be a healthcare ‘backpack’ that can go with a family in Grimes County through their life,” said Brady. “The backpack will have an insurance plan that can go with them from job to job, maybe even state to state if they have to move way. And if it works for them they can take it with them into retirement.”
Congressman Brady outlined the ‘backpack’ plan by explaining that it contains three key items that every American needs. The first is an insurance plan that meets the need of the citizen at all stages in life. A plan that is chosen directly by the individual from a large number of plans not “a handful of selections that Washington gives to the public.”
Additionally, the individual would have access to a health savings account that Brady considers an ‘affordable way to pay for routine costs.” Health savings accounts have gained wide-spread acceptance as a tax-free option for setting aside money for everyday medical expenses and healthcare.
Finally, the plan would give access and control of individual medical records electronically. According to Brady, an individual could choose to give these records to a new doctor or present them at a new hospital or clinic so that the medical professionals can treat the entire patient with knowledge of the entire medical history.
“We are giving power and choices back to the American people, rather than directing all of that from Washington D.C.,” said Brady. “Most people in Washington don’t know where Grimes County is let alone what they need.”
Congressman Brady welcomes input from his constituents and will be holding town hall meetings throughout the fall on this and other initiatives that he is helping lead through the House of Representatives.
In addition, Brady’s Huntsville and Conroe district offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, there are additional office hours for the residents of Grimes County – 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Navasota City Hall. For more information on hours or the initiatives currently being discussed in Congress, please call 877-441-5700.