Today's Health Care Vote

Congressman Jim Matheson
2013-05-16 19:56:48
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, As a country, there is no legislative topic we will consider and debate in our lives that is more personal than health care.� During the last couple years we have seen a vote on the massive and complex Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, and we have begun to see the effects of this legislation as well.� I voted against Obamacare when it was first considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member and I continued to vote against it as it moved through the House of Representatives.� While I agree with the goal of greater access to health care in our country, I believed the bill was flawed at its inception as a product of partisanship and out-of-date thinking rather than consensus building around a twenty-first century approach.� Specifically, Obamacare failed to address the most fundamental challenge to our health care system, which is rapidly rising costs that will threaten access to health care for more and more people over time.� Today, I continue to believe one of the greatest challenges facing families in Utah, and across the country, is how to have access to affordable, quality health care when its price consistently grows faster than wages and other measures of inflation.� In the nearly three years that have passed since the passage of Obamacare, this challenge has still not been addressed and we are seeing additional problems with the legislation, in particular with the escalating costs and feasibility of its structure.� That is why this week I once again joined a bipartisan group in the Houseof Representatives to support the repeal of Obamacare.� I have supported repeal in the past, and it is my opinion that we can do better.� Congress should be focusing its efforts to move forward on reforms that get to the root of today�s problems with our country�s health care system.� In the upcoming months, before we reach the 2014 implementation date for the law, there is no doubt that Obamacare will be a topic of much discussion.� This week�s vote represents one clean, straightforward approach to starting anew on addressing the rising cost of healthcare in our country.� I also support measures that can lower costs now in conjunction with Obamacare, should it not be repealed.� In particular, the time has come for real medical malpractice reform and to incentivize successful outcomes for those practicing medicine, not just the number of procedures completed.� I am constantly looking for issues that matter to Utah families like yours that I am honored to represent. �If there are topics, like lowering the cost of health care and making real improvements to our health care system, which matter to you, please let me know.� I value your ideas and I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/JM_signature.gif] U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � E-mail Updates* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/clickherebtn.gif] [link 1] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey]
May 16, 2013

Dear Friend,

As a country, there is no legislative topic we will consider and debate in our lives that is more personal than health care.  During the last couple years we have seen a vote on the massive and complex Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, and we have begun to see the effects of this legislation as well. 

I voted against Obamacare when it was first considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member and I continued to vote against it as it moved through the House of Representatives.  While I agree with the goal of greater access to health care in our country, I believed the bill was flawed at its inception as a product of partisanship and out-of-date thinking rather than consensus building around a twenty-first century approach.  Specifically, Obamacare failed to address the most fundamental challenge to our health care system, which is rapidly rising costs that will threaten access to health care for more and more people over time.  Today, I continue to believe one of the greatest challenges facing families in Utah, and across the country, is how to have access to affordable, quality health care when its price consistently grows faster than wages and other measures of inflation. 

In the nearly three years that have passed since the passage of Obamacare, this challenge has still not been addressed and we are seeing additional problems with the legislation, in particular with the escalating costs and feasibility of its structure.  That is why this week I once again joined a bipartisan group in the Houseof Representatives to support the repeal of Obamacare.  I have supported repeal in the past, and it is my opinion that we can do better.  Congress should be focusing its efforts to move forward on reforms that get to the root of today�s problems with our country�s health care system. 

In the upcoming months, before we reach the 2014 implementation date for the law, there is no doubt that Obamacare will be a topic of much discussion.  This week�s vote represents one clean, straightforward approach to starting anew on addressing the rising cost of healthcare in our country.  I also support measures that can lower costs now in conjunction with Obamacare, should it not be repealed.  In particular, the time has come for real medical malpractice reform and to incentivize successful outcomes for those practicing medicine, not just the number of procedures completed. 

I am constantly looking for issues that matter to Utah families like yours that I am honored to represent.  If there are topics, like lowering the cost of health care and making real improvements to our health care system, which matter to you, please let me know.  I value your ideas and I look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

U.S. Representative
4th District of Utah
 

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