Having access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act does not necessarily mean having access to healthcare because of the high deductibles involved, Rep. Michael Burgess said Thursday.
"When I had an unsubsidized policy a few years ago, I had a big deductible at $6,000," the Texas Republican, who was in practice as a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology before his election in 2003, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
"You have a kidney stone at 4 a.m., the coverage issue is a myth. The functional uninsured number in this country is really quite high."
Burgess told the program he has introduced legislation to expand health savings accounts, which he admitted is not "perfect for everyone, but for heaven sakes, we ought to give people the option to do what they prefer to do."
He said Democrats' contention that repealing Obamacare will leave 20 million people without insurance was a stretch, and said there are ways to make changes correctly and carefully.
"Remember when Obamacare started, they weren't so careful," said Burgess. "I was one of the 5 million people who lost a perfectly high-deductible healthcare plan. So, yeah, do be careful.
"One of the things that really strikes me is I talk to people about this and I have for years, is they are tired of someone up in Washington, D.C. messing with their insurance."
Burgess said he favors moving more responsibility to the state level, "where it belongs."
"That's why healthcare wasn't in the Constitution," said Burgess. "Our states are much more capable of dealing with this on a more individual basis."
Americans don't need more government, said Burgess, as "we have a big enough government. It gets bigger as Obamacare becomes stronger and stronger, but the people become weaker and weaker."
Burgess said he agrees with President-elect Donald Trump's belief that Americans should have healthcare, but the "responsible thing" for families to do is to depend on themselves, rather than the government.
"You do need to make those provisions yourself," said Burgess. "That is what this country was built upon. It wasn't built upon the available to us from whatever governmental source."
Even if Congress doesn't deal with Obamacare it will face "massive issues" ahead, including state insurance funds running out of money on Sept. 30.
"We are going to have to deal with that, like it or not," he said. "Look, let us fix this thing rather than running out of money every two years. Let's give the states the flexibility that they've been asking for, they have been demanding in conjunction with providing the money to them."
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