America still has the greatest healthcare system in the world, but the cost of healthcare insurance premiums and medical treatments is simply growing beyond the financial reach of Americans. Congressman Franks believes this is due in part to a lack of unhindered market forces in the healthcare industry. Congressman Franks believes that a government take-over of our healthcare system would crush the quality, increase the cost, and diminished the dignity of the patient. He worked hard to oppose the Democrat backroom deals and strong-arming that took place before the Obama-Pelosi healthcare vote. Trent believes the answer to affordable care is empowering patients to generate competition and innovation within the private sector.