Because he is a physician, GOP State Representative Ed Redd is pleased that Republicans have been taking some time to come up with the best plan for replacing former President Barak Obama’s healthcare law.
Dr. Redd said he supports the party’s commitment to creating a phased-in transition from the Affordable Care Act and is hopeful the new plan will give states the flexibility to decide for themselves how they can best manage their healthcare problems.
“We are able to be a little bit more creative with figuring out how to take care of the problems that need to be taken care of from a healthcare standpoint,” he said. “Whether it’s Medicaid or Medicare or mental health issues or physical health problems, all those things are really complex.”
Dr. Redd feels like the state is often in a better situation than the federal government to decide how to make improvements.
“On a local level,” he said, “you can kind of say, ‘This is where our needs are, this is what our resources are. Let’s see what we can do to make things work better.’”