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The Affordable Care Act should be repealed and not replaced by another one-size-fits-all bureaucracy. I support developing a federal-state partnership for health care that gives states flexibility with their Medicaid funding to implement local and personal systems of caring for their residents. 

Health insurance costs must be reined in: We need to address skyrocketing drug prices as well as well as rising insurance premiums.  

On out-of-pocket costs and premiums, I support restructuring our current rebate system so that individuals can benefit from the discounts manufacturers and middlemen negotiate behind closed doors. I also support expanding the scope of qualifying health savings account expenses, so that they can apply to premiums and direct primary care costs.

On drug prices, American consumers should not shoulder the world’s costs of research and development in new drugs. We should be looking at other nations’ drug prices as a benchmark for our own, either through trade agreements or legislative action.  

I also believe that the proliferation of e-cigarettes have negatively affected our youth, and I support policies to address this epidemic in new tobacco products.


Romney, Merkley Introduce Bill to Address Vaping Crisis

With nearly a quarter of high school students vaping regularly, we must take decisive action to prevent a new generation from addiction and serious health risks. Let’s begin by passing legislation which ensures that non-tobacco flavored vaping products are removed from the market and prevents vaping devices from being adulterated with hazardous substances. The ENND Act will address both of these concerns, as well as apply the existing tobacco excise tax to e-cigarettes and use it to launch a...

Romney Meets with FDA Commissioner on Vaping

Announces next steps on legislation to address public health crisis
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today met with the Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the Administration’s announcement yesterday that it would ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors. Following their meeting, Senator Romney released the following statement:
 
“I met this morning with the Acting Commissioner of the FDA to discuss the next steps we must take to solve this pervasive public health crisis,” Romney said. “With nearly a quarter of high...

Romney Urges HHS to Consider Recall on E-Cigarettes

Calls for stronger public education efforts and review of product standards
Following reports of the sixth death linked to the use of electronic cigarettes, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today urged the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider a recall on e-cigarettes as the agency continues to investigate deaths and serious illnesses related to vaping. In a separate letter, Romney updated Utah Governor Gary Herbert on his recent efforts and reiterated his commitment to supporting state efforts to address this public health crisis.

Committee Approves Romney Bill to Raise Smoking, Vaping Age to 21

WASHINGTON—The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) today voted to approve key components of the Tobacco 21 Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Todd Young (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), to prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.
 
“The HELP Committee took an important step today by advancing our bipartisan legislation to raise the federal smoking and vaping age to...

Romney, Udall Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act to Ban E-Cigarette Use in Schools

In my home state of Utah, the use of electronic cigarettes has nearly doubled in the last five years, with young Utahns most likely to be introduced to vaping while they are in school. By banning the use of electronic cigarettes in schools, we are taking an important step to protect the health of young people in Utah and across the nation.

Follow Utah's lead, raise the national smoking age to 21

Tobacco is costing our nation hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. Our home state of Utah was one of the first states in the nation to figure this out, and our Legislature responded by raising the smoking age to 21. It’s time for the rest of the nation to follow Utah’s...

Romney, Braun Introduce Legislation to Ensure Drug Pricing Transparency

Patients in Utah and across the country are strapped with skyrocketing prescription drug costs, while insurance companies and drug manufacturers benefit from a complex system of rebates that results in higher drug costs. By changing the rules of cost-sharing, our bill aims to bring transparency to the prescription drug pricing system and lower out-of-pocket costs for medication.