Today I voted to advance the American Health Care Act. Here's why: Obamacare is broken. One out of three counties across the country have only one insurance provider and it looks like it will only get worse as others are on the verge of pulling the plug. Nearly two dozen of the non-profit co-ops have gone belly up. Here in Michigan folks saw their premiums increased by nearly 17 percent. Some forecast a 40-to-50 percent rate increase if nothing happens. High premiums, lack of access, rising costs. These don’t just impact Republicans or Democrats. They impact us all. The status quo is simply unacceptable. Our legislation is a first step in the right direction to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We expand and enhance Health Savings Accounts. We provide a reasonable transition until 2020 for those on the Medicaid expansion and then grandfather all those folks until they’re off. We help young adults stay on their parents insurance until they’re 26. We provide a monthly tax credit for low and middle-income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or government program. We also protect those with pre-existing conditions. I told the president directly this week that I would not support this bill as written without a fix. He took the challenge and we walked him through the problems and potential solutions. Covering those with pre-existing conditions is of the utmost importance to me. Our bill already ensures that insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Our amendment further protects people from the financial impact associated with having a pre-existing condition. I also voted in favor of H.R. 2192, which makes a simple technical correction to H.R. 1628 to ensure that the AHCA and its amendments apply equally to everyone. If the AHCA becomes law, members of Congress and congressional staff will be treated the same as any other citizen as it should be. No, this process has not been perfect. I have heard from many on both sides of this debate. I pledge to continue listening and will be a constructive partner in making our healthcare system work better for all Americans.
Let me be clear: There are no 'very fine' white supremacists. My full statement: bit.ly/2v0nHvE
Let me be clear: There are no 'very fine' white supremacists. I join with many others in denouncing this sort of unacceptable racism and bigotry and condemning white supremacy, neo-Nazi, and KKK groups - particularly the ones whose actions led to tragic violence in Charlottesville. My father fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II against the Nazi's. That kind of evil and hatred must be stamped out. I have always been one who looks to bring folks together. I’ll continue to speak out against racism, divisive rhetoric, and violence just as I did on Saturday.
Planned Parenthood video is abhorrent and rips at the heart. @HouseCommerce will get to the bottom of this appalling situation.
I fully support strengthening our screening processes and securing our borders, but this Executive Order needs to be scaled back. It has created real confusion for travelers and those who enforce the laws. I have heard from a number of local folks with valid concerns for themselves or loved ones as well from global companies that have legitimate worries relating to the international travel of their employees. A wiser course would have been to work with Congress to ensure that all visitors to our nation are properly vetted with appropriate documentation. Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for common-sense, bipartisan policies that protect America but also stay true to our values. Link