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.

During his visit on Monday, July 29, Rice was joined by doctor and fellow Congressman Tom Price (R-GA 6th District since 2005). Price is also an expert on GOP health policy.

"You got to get folks covered you can't have 30 million…50 million whatever the number is walking around without health insurance," said Congressman Price.

Right now, healthcare is one of the biggest issues in the country and one of the biggest industries in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand.

Congressman Price introduced some of the ways he plans to better America's health care system. Congressman Tom Rice is supporting a bill Price is working on that is aimed at doing three things:

  1. Solving some of the challenges surrounding insurance
  2. Getting everyone covered their way without the Federal Government being involved
  3. Helping to reduce excessive spending that comes along with medical malpractice

Congressman Rice said the goal of today was to reinforce how important healthcare is to this district.

The duo planned to tour the facility after a visit to Georgetown Memorial Hospital Monday morning.

"During my tour of Georgetown Memorial Hospital today my colleague Rep. Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, told the hospital administrators if Washington concentrates on the patient, we get the right solution. If Washington focus on the dollar, we get the wrong solution,"Rep. Rice posted on his Facebook page.

"I brought, in my opinion, one of the leading health policy experts in the House to the 7th District today because I recognize that our health care industry is important. I care about our health professionals and acknowledge their needs. I wanted each of them to have the opportunity to ask their questions and let their voices be heard. As always, I am here for you and will continue to make sure Washington knows about the needs of the 7th District," Rice insisted.