Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is an advocate for preventative care, medical research, and healthy lifestyles for West Virginians. She supports patient-centered reforms that improve the quality and accessibility of health care and believes that health care choices are best made by West Virginia families, not Washington bureaucrats.
Shelley has repeatedly voted against President Obama’s health care reform legislation (Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act). She firmly believes that Obamacare increases taxes and government mandates while doing nothing to stem the ever-increasing costs of health care.
While we need to reform our health care system, Obamacare is deeply flawed and only adds to our nation’s economic uncertainty. Once fully implemented, Obamacare will impose 21 separate tax increases equaling more than $1 trillion in new taxes over the next 10 years. According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, 11 million small business employees will see their health insurance premiums increase, and millions of Americans have been forced off of their existing health insurance plans because of Obamacare.
For decades, Shelley has championed policies to increase access to affordable, quality health care for all West Virginians, particularly for our most vulnerable populations – children and seniors. Before being elected to Congress, she led the West Virginia Legislature in establishing West Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. As a member of Congress, Shelley has worked across the aisle to reauthorize this important program on the federal level.Shelley has also worked in a bipartisan fashion to improve health care coverage for seniors. She was instrumental in the establishment of Medicare Part D, a program that now provides prescription drug coverage to more 31 million seniors, including more than 60 percent of West Virginia’s Medicare beneficiaries.