Health Care Update
On May 27, 2010, I joined my Ways and Means Committee colleague Representative Wally Herger (R-CA) in co-sponsoring a new bill, H.R. 5424, the "Reform Americans Can Afford Act." This bill would repeal the ill-advised, budget busting ObamaCare law and replace it with a common sense proposal that would lower health care premiums by up to 20% for many American families. For too long, Congressional Democrats mistakenly stated that Republicans had no plan for health care reform. Well, as we all know, that was wrong then, and it is wrong now. H.R. 5424 is a plan that will help Americans better afford health care insurance, reform our health care entitlement programs, and bend the cost curve down so that we aren't passing debt on to our children and grandchildren.
I am proud to report that the bill I co-sponsored, H.Res. 1372, which would honor the University of Georgia Graduate School on the occasion of its centennial, passed the House floor on Thursday, May 27. Again, I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the UGA Graduate School for 100 years of academic excellence.
To evade D.C. Circuit's ruling that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not have the authority to impose network neutrality regulations on Comacast, the FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced plans to reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications service" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Reclassification under Title II would grant the FCC license to regulate broadband, which would subject broadband network managers to the provisions of sections 201 and 202 of the Communications Act. As such, unelected bureaucrats could regulate "rates, terms, and conditions" of Internet services, including defining the details of what constitutes "reasonable" management of networks.
Let me be perfectly clear, I am opposed to increased bureaucratic involvement in the private sector because it will depress its competitive nature. I have continually championed the free market principles that made the United States prosper and will continue to do so throughout the duration of my tenure.
In response to Chairman Genachowski's announcement, I have co-signed a letter to him urging the FCC not to attempt to reclassify itself under Title II of the Communications Act.