The Affordable Care Act was not perfect—nor was it intended to be that way. Everyone should welcome the opportunity to make necessary adjustments to the framework of our current system. When we do, the fixes must be bipartisan.
Failure to act is not fair to the people we were all sent to Washington, D.C., to represent. In fact, it is inexcusable. While politicians talk, Americans suffer. This is what is wrong with our politics today.
The Stark law is a 1980s-era policy originally intended to protect Medicare beneficiaries from excessive costs and other potential harms. However, we've seen this law driving up costs and creating additional, unnecessary regulatory burdens for healthcare providers.
Outdated policy and a lack of political will is holding back the widespread deployment of telehealth. Barriers include insufficient federal funding for telehealth infrastructure, inconsistent licensing requirements, lack of broadband internet in rural communities and needless bureaucracy.
While the 21st Century Cures Act was put into law in late 2016, lawmakers have only begun to see what the initiative can do to advance cutting-edge healthcare and promote the nation's overall health.