Op-eds and Speeches

Tax system creates barriers to job creation

March 02, 2011 — Op-eds and Speeches

Let’s make a bet. Imagine I gave you the task of coming up with a rational tax system. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, I bet that you would create a system nothing like our current one.In fact, you’d be foolish to take that bet, because there is such broad agreement on the need for fundamental tax reform. A recent Rasmussen Poll showed ...

What a new GAO report could mean for social program spending

February 08, 2011 — Op-eds and Speeches

What a new GAO report could mean for social program spendingThe Government Accountability Office recently released a seemingly obscure report that could have important implications for the federal-state partnership on social programs in the years ahead.  The report has a title only a wonk could love: “Child Support Enforcement: Departures from ...

Why Congress Should Repeal and Replace the Healthcare Reform Law

February 01, 2011 — Op-eds and Speeches

The American people know that when a tree is rotten at the center, you cut it down and plant something new in its place. Congress began that process last week when the House cast two critical, bipartisan healthcare votes. In one vote, we cut down a rotten tree, voting to repeal the law. Then we cast a second vote to replace it, planting the seeds to grow solutions that ensure ...

USA TODAY: Repeal is first, not last, step

January 20, 2011 — Op-eds and Speeches

Wednesday's vote to repeal the unpopular health care law was, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, the end of the beginning of our push to make quality health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Full repeal of the Democrats' partisan health care law is critical to advancing fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually lower health care costs.

Repeal and replace ObamaCare

November 08, 2010 — Op-eds and Speeches

Health care costs too much in this country. Spending $1 trillion more on health care, as the Democrats' new law does, didn't reduce health care costs. In fact, it will only make matters worse. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the law will actually increase the cost of insurance for millions of families by an additional $2,000 per year by ...

Camp: Health Law Will Hurt Consumers, Business

May 27, 2010 — Op-eds and Speeches

The Democratic agenda has been made clear: Tax Americans more so government can spend more. It started with a trillion-dollar stimulus bill that has failed to hold unemployment in check. Then it was a trillion-dollar health care bill that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will increase health insurance premiums for millions of Americans.Adding insult to ...

Another missed deadline

April 15, 2010 — Op-eds and Speeches

“These short-term actions are destabilizing medical practices—now on a monthly basis—leaving both physicians and their patients in limbo.”– America Medical Association Executive VP Michael Maves, MD, in April 12, 2010, letter to Congress.During the health care debate, Democrats repeatedly promised to provide a permanent fix to the Medicare doctor ...

What’s in the health-care bill for you? Have a seat over there and wait

March 25, 2010 — Op-eds and Speeches

With the president’s signature still wet on the Senate health care overhaul, people rightly ask, “what will it mean for me?” For many, the answer will likely be found in your paycheck and in the doctor’s waiting room.As a heart surgeon, I saw a wide range of new health care mandates from Washington, all of which affected care in some way. However, all of those ...

What’s in the Bill — Read it and Weep

March 19, 2010 — Op-eds and Speeches

Three weeks ago, at the White House Health Care Summit, President Barack Obama gave Congress six weeks to consider his proposal and chart a course forward. The Democrats are now using every dirty and undemocratic trick in the book to ram this health care bill through Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats have even decided that they will "deem" the ...

Democrats Should Shelve New Taxes and Work With GOP on Alternatives

January 20, 2010 — Op-eds and Speeches

While the White House keeps changing their job-calculation methods in a desperate effort to claim their so-called stimulus bill is working, Americans are still asking: Where are the jobs? Facts are facts. Last year, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats spent nearly $1 trillion we don’t have on a misguided, wasteful and ineffective stimulus package. At the time, ...