An Update on the Health Care Debate

Congressman Bob Goodlatte
2017-03-26 23:42:53
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The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14520.5002807.2938568.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fGoo dlatte.House.Gov%2fVietnamVeterans&redir_log=88710242933298> will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam Era from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Constituent service staff will also be on hand to assist veterans with issues they may have with the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agencies. Family members and friends of Vietnam veterans are invited to attend; however, please understand that seating for veterans or those with disabilities will be prioritized. Veterans wishing to participate in the commemoration must be residents of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. Details Thursday, March 30 at 4:30PM Thomas D. Howie Memorial Armory 101 116th Regimental Road (in Gypsy Hill Park) Staunton, Virginia 24401 Vietnam veterans are asked to register in advance by visiting Goodlatte.House.Gov/VietnamVeterans <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14520.5002807.2938568.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fGoo dlatte.House.Gov%2fVietnamVeterans&redir_log=88710242933298> . For questions, or to register by phone, please call my office at 540-885-3861. An Update on the Health Care Debate Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, became law. With it came the unaffordable premiums, higher deductibles, and lack of choice and access that far too many folks in the Sixth District and across the country have experienced firsthand. Now, more than ever, it is clear that Obamacare is collapsing. Many insurers are leaving the exchanges and costs for families continue to rise. That's why I have voted dozens of times to defund, dismantle, or repeal Obamacare and supported alternative health care proposals. There is a better way to enact health care reform than Obamacare � one that repeals onerous mandates, invites competition and choice, and lowers costs. While I am disappointed that legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare failed to make it across the finish line this past week, this process is far from over. Congress must continue working to come to a consensus on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all. Meanwhile, the House debated and passed two bipartisan bills last week that are an important part of creating a more affordable, accessible health care system for Americans. Under Obamacare's mandates, many small businesses have been hit particularly hard. In fact, the National Federation of Independent Business found that the top challenge facing small businesses last year was the rising cost of health care. One health care solution that I have long supported is allowing small businesses to increase their buying power by banding together to purchase insurance for their employees. The Small Business Health Fairness Act does this by allowing small businesses to come together across state lines to purchase insurance through association health plans. Breaking down such barriers makes it easier for small businesses to access more affordable coverage options. This legislation helps these employers gain greater bargaining power with insurance providers, setting them on a more even playing field with larger businesses, and lowers the administrative costs and paperwork they face as well. 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While these bills are important parts of repairing America's health care system, we must still repeal and replace Obamacare. I will continue to work in the House to maintain my commitment to the people of the Sixth District to repeal Obamacare and support patient-centered health care reform. Obamacare must not remain the law of the land. 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Happening Thursday: Vietnam Veterans Commemoration

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and in remembrance of Vietnam Veterans Day, I am honored to host a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration to recognize, honor, and thank Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam Era from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.

Constituent service staff will also be on hand to assist veterans with issues they may have with the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agencies. Family members and friends of Vietnam veterans are invited to attend; however, please understand that seating for veterans or those with disabilities will be prioritized. Veterans wishing to participate in the commemoration must be residents of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia.

Details

Thursday, March 30 at 4:30PM

Thomas D. Howie Memorial Armory
101 116th Regimental Road (in Gypsy Hill Park)
Staunton, Virginia 24401

Vietnam veterans are asked to register in advance by visiting Goodlatte.House.Gov/VietnamVeterans. For questions, or to register by phone, please call my office at 540-885-3861.

An Update on the Health Care Debate

Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, became law. With it came the unaffordable premiums, higher deductibles, and lack of choice and access that far too many folks in the Sixth District and across the country have experienced firsthand. Now, more than ever, it is clear that Obamacare is collapsing. Many insurers are leaving the exchanges and costs for families continue to rise. 

That’s why I have voted dozens of times to defund, dismantle, or repeal Obamacare and supported alternative health care proposals. There is a better way to enact health care reform than Obamacare – one that repeals onerous mandates, invites competition and choice, and lowers costs. While I am disappointed that legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare failed to make it across the finish line this past week, this process is far from over. Congress must continue working to come to a consensus on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all. 

Meanwhile, the House debated and passed two bipartisan bills last week that are an important part of creating a more affordable, accessible health care system for Americans. Under Obamacare’s mandates, many small businesses have been hit particularly hard. In fact, the National Federation of Independent Business found that the top challenge facing small businesses last year was the rising cost of health care. One health care solution that I have long supported is allowing small businesses to increase their buying power by banding together to purchase insurance for their employees. The Small Business Health Fairness Act does this by allowing small businesses to come together across state lines to purchase insurance through association health plans. Breaking down such barriers makes it easier for small businesses to access more affordable coverage options. This legislation helps these employers gain greater bargaining power with insurance providers, setting them on a more even playing field with larger businesses, and lowers the administrative costs and paperwork they face as well.

The second bill, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, went through the House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, and focuses on making health insurance companies compete in the free market. In 1945, Congress passed the McCarran-Ferguson Act, which exempts the business of insurance from federal antitrust regulation. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act would repeal this exemption for health insurance and help encourage a robust and competitive health insurance market in which insurance providers actively compete for customers. Healthy competition ensures that customers are able to find a variety of policies to meet their specific needs and demands.

While these bills are important parts of repairing America’s health care system, we must still repeal and replace Obamacare. I will continue to work in the House to maintain my commitment to the people of the Sixth District to repeal Obamacare and support patient-centered health care reform. Obamacare must not remain the law of the land.

Don't miss it ---> Lawmakers Press Intelligence Community on Leaks of Classified Information

A few photos from last week (top left to right) 1) On Monday, I visited Sysco in Front Royal to speak with employees and get a behind the scenes look. 2) It was great to meet several nurses from the Valley in D.C. this week. 3) Thank you to everyone who participated in my first Facebook Live Q&A session this week! 4) A group from the District came in to discuss drinking water infrastructure. 

 

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