Obamacare is the single biggest intrusion into the lives of Americans in decades. Healthcare costs and insurance premiums have skyrocketed. Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with market-based, patient-centered reforms.
The current GOP proposal working its way through the House of Representatives remains a work in progress, but it is on the right track. It eliminates the individual mandate and related fines and repeals most of the taxes, including the medical device tax, and the so-called "HIT" tax.
The final version needs to treat Georgia and other states that did not expand Medicaid in an equitable way. Further, the current proposal includes an "age tax" that should be eliminated.
After 8 years of the Obama Administration's growth stifling policies, our economy -- and American families -- has suffered. Certainly, the economy has rebounded but it has been more of an economic reset -- with lower growth and stagnated wages -- than a real recovery. Onerous, punitive regulations, costly red tape, and a complex tax structure with rates that are too high are limiting business expansion and job growth. And, wages have not yet fully recovered with many continuing to earn less than they did prior to the so-called Great Recession and still others who have given up on finding work altogether.
As a former business executive and CEO of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, I know first hand how to create jobs and enact aggressive economic development policies. I believe that the only way we can grow our economy at a more robust pace is through lower taxes and fewer regulations.
As a member of Congress, I will fight for a fairer simpler tax structure with lower rates for families and businesses. I will also work aggressively to achieve passage of legislation to implement a complete, rolling audit of all regulations -- agency by agency -- along with a 10 year sunset rule for regulations.
According to the United States Constitution, one of the central purposes of the federal government is to provide for the common defense of our nation and its people. No country is safe, nor any economy sound, without the backing of an extraordinarily strong military. I support President Trump's budget proposal to increase national defense spending, and I will continue to fight to ensure that our military has the tools and resources it needs to keep us safe.
As we work to ensure that today's men and women in the military have the resources they need to do their jobs and keep us safe, we also have an obligation to our veterans. I will be an advocate for these heroes and their families.