Congressman Tom Rice

Representing the 7th District of South Carolina

Health Care

It’s been three years since President Obama’s misnamed “Affordable Care Act” was signed into law with the promise of reducing health care costs, increasing access, and improving care, all without “adding one dime to the deficit”. While we all agree on the importance of achieving those goals, we have yet to see any of these promises come to fruition as a result of this legislation. Further, the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office puts the price tag of this law at $1.33 trillion and predicts 30 million people will still be uninsured by 2023. The onerous number of new regulations and taxes imposed by this law are stifling business expansion and increasing the cost of health care. Clearly, this was not the solution to our problems.

Rather than a government takeover of the industry, we must open up the markets and allow for increased competition to bring down prices—this can be done by allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines. We need medical liability reform to reduce the billions of dollars’ worth of unnecessary testing. We should also ensure portability of plans so that individuals may keep their coverage as they move from one job to the next. The establishment of high risk pools will increase access for individuals with pre-existing conditions. These are some of the multiple reforms I will work on while serving the Seventh Congressional District of South Carolina in order to truly increase access, improve quality or care, and reduce health care costs.

More on Health Care

Apr 3, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act:

“Tourism is a leading industry in my district, and many of my constituents work in the service industry,” said Congressman Rice.  “In the service industry, it is common for part-time employees to pick up shifts for coworkers or work double shifts during peak season.  This flexibility puts more money in employees’ pockets and helps employers adjust to customer flow.

Feb 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC –  Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced another delay of the Obamacare employer mandate:

“Another day, another delay has become the tagline of the President’s broken health care law,” said Congressman Rice.  “American businesses and families cannot plan due to the confusion coming out of Washington.  Successful businesses plan ahead and they cannot create, much less implement, a plan when the President changes the law every day on a whim.

Sep 30, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of the short-term continuing resolution (CR):

“In the early hours of Sunday morning I voted to keep the government's doors open by extending federal funding until mid-December, delaying ObamaCare for one year, and repealing the onerous medical device tax.  It is now up to Harry Reid and the Senate to act.  I am skeptical that the Democrat-led Senate will take up this common-sense proposal and avoid a government shutdown.

Jul 31, 2013
In The News

Congressman Tom Rice, the U.S. representative for South Carolina's 7th congressional district, met with local hospital officials at Georgetown Memorial Hospital on Monday.
With him was Congressman Tom Price, a leader in the U.S. House of Representatives who serves Georgia’s 6th congressional district.
Georgetown was one of several stops the two congressmen made before attending a symposium about health care in Florence, S.C.

Jul 30, 2013
In The News

FLORENCE,SC (WMBF) - Congressman Tom Rice visited Florence's new nursing facility to discuss health policies and how he intends to help Francis Marion University achieve its goals.

"HealthCare is so important to obviously the residents of the districts, but it's also a huge industry in the district. Jobs…jobs…jobs. We need to do whatever we can to make sure the tradition of quality health care in this region continues," said Congressman Rice.

Jul 29, 2013
In The News

FLORENCE – In one of a series of symposiums taking place around the seventh congressional district in South Carolina this summer, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice joined forces with U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-GA 6th district, a physician by trade, to talk healthcare reform and other alternatives to the Affordable Care Act on Monday.

Jul 29, 2013
In The News

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, just a few months away, SC 7th District Representative Tom Rice is taking a more public stance on health care.

Rice visited hospitals around the district Wednesday with a fellow Republican congressman who Rice calls the "go-to guy" on health care issues.

Rice said his tour, accompanied by Georgia 6th District Rep. Tom Price, was about listening to people who work in the real world of treating patients.

Jul 17, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) issued the following statement today regarding the House passage of H.R.2667 , the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, and H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act:

Jun 14, 2013
In The News

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tim Scott and members of the South Carolina congressional delegation today asked the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure South Carolina seniors continue to have access to critical health care supplies. Currently, CMS oversees a bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and other supplies, which is intended to reduce Medicare expenses.