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Health care vote

May 5, 2017
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Fixing the Mess Obamacare Created

Obamacare is on the brink of collapse and has failed to live up to its many promises. Families and small businesses are facing skyrocketing premiums and insurers are dropping out of the marketplaces leaving behind fewer options. One-third of the counties in the United States only have one insurance provider to choose from and some counties have no choice at all.

This week the House voted to advance the American Health Care Act, a responsible replacement of Obamacare which encourages choice and competition to lower costs, maintains important protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and puts doctors and patients – not Washington – at the center of health care decisions. You may read the text of the bill here.

The House also passed legislation this week which requires Congress to live under the American Health Care Act. There should be no exemptions for Members of Congress and their staff.

Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce at their legislative luncheon on Friday. I spoke and answered questions about fixing our health care system, reforming the tax code, protecting the Great Lakes, and many other important issues to our community.

Protecting Injured and Amputee Veterans

Far too many veterans are bogged down by bureaucratic red tape at the VA, often left unaware of available services or their rights to certain standards of care. This week I introduced the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, a bipartisan bill to help educate and empower the veterans with amputations and physical disabilities as they make important health care decisions. The men and women who answered America’s call to service deserve nothing less than timely, high quality, and patient-centered care.

Working Families Flexibility Act

Balancing the needs of work, life, and family can be a constant challenge. Outdated federal laws that stand in the way of greater workplace flexibility only add to the time management challenges that families face on a daily basis. This week the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act, a commonsense bill which removes unnecessary federal restrictions and offers workers more freedom to juggle their schedule and do what is best for their family.

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