Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina
This week, I introduced the
Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE)
Act [link 1]�with my congressional colleagues Senate Finance Chairman
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred
Upton (R-Mich.).�The Patient CARE Act is the first bicameral legislative
plan that repeals Obamacare and replaces it with common-sense,
patient-focused reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to
affordable, high-quality care.
North Carolinians have found out the
hard way what is in Obamacare -- broken promises in the form of
increased health care costs, costly mandates, and government bureaucracy. And
no, just because you like your healthcare, you don�t necessarily get
to keep it. Even if the President said so. �For a year, you have been
sending your Obamacare stories [link 2] about high premiums, lost
coverage, and your personal information being exposed by broken websites
[link 3]. I�ve listened and proposed a blueprint that will in fact,
make your healthcare more affordable.
Our nation�s health care system
was broken before Obamacare, and the President�s health care debacle has
only made things worse.� The Patient CARE Act repeals Obamacare and
addresses the fundamental cost drivers that Obamacare failed to
address.� We can lower costs and expand access to quality coverage and care
by empowering individuals and their families to make their own health
care decisions, rather than having the federal government make those
decisions for them.
Here are a couple of stories on the Patient CARE
Act I recommend:
New York Times: G.O.P. Lawmakers Propose
Alternative to Obamacare [link 4]
Bloomberg: An Actual Republican
Alternative to Obamacare [link 5]
Forbes: The Impressive New Obamacare
Replace Plan From Republicans Burr, Hatch, And Upton [link 6]
joined David Crabtree from Raleigh�s WRAL and Bret Baier on Fox�s Special
Report. Click below to watch.
Fox [link 10]
You can find more information about the Patient
CARE Act here [link 11].
Thursday, I introduced legislation with
Senator McCaskill (D-MO) [link 12]�to close a legal loophole that
currently enables sex offenders convicted in the military justice system to
evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry.�Recent
Scripps [link 13] and WGHP [link 14]�reports found that this loophole has
enabled hundreds of convicted sex offenders to avoid registering and
allowed some to commit horrendous crimes again.
This gap should have
been closed long ago. I hope Congress will act swiftly to send this
legislation to the President�s desk before another predator exploits this
loophole and strikes again.
Earlier in the week, I spoke on the
floor about my bill, S. 338 [link 15], that would help protect our
national landscapes. The LWCF has important implications for our parks, open
spaces, and wildlife habitats. Watch my floor speech here [link
[link 17]or by clicking below.
unanimously passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
[link 19] on Tuesday.� I am proud that the Senate overwhelmingly passed
this bipartisan legislation and finally took action to address the
real problems we have had handling veteran suicide.
The Clay Hunt Act
provides for better access to information on mental health by improving
the exchange of training, best practices, and other resources among
the VA and non-profit mental health organizations to enhance
collaboration of suicide prevention efforts, as well as including a new website
that offers veterans information on mental health care services.�More
details can be found here [link 20].
This week I�appeared on CNN this
week as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee [link 21], where I
emphasized the sophistication of the Islamic State�s operations and
funding where I said, �We can�t forget � ISIL controls an area within Syria
and Iraq that makes any terrorist training grounds that we�ve seen up
to this point seem like a playground.�
On Monday, the
President�s budget came out, and he yet again his budget doesn�t
balance [link 23]. And it never has. It also raises taxes by $2.1
trillion. That�s a bad deal for Americans.�
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