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The Walton Times - When it Comes to Health Care, Georgia Knows Best

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By U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall
If you are a lover of liberty and freedom, you'll agree that the last Thursday in June was a bad day for America.

In its opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the president's takeover of health care by deciding that the U.S. Congress has virtually unlimited authority over the lives of Americans through its power of taxation. (Yes, this is just one more urgent reason to pass the FairTax, but I digress.) I was just as shocked as the rest of the nation when the court handed down its decision. Whatever definition of "American freedom" the court recognizes in this decision, it isn't Walton County's.

In the wake of the court's confusing opinion, I am more committed than ever to repealing the president's health care law and, thankfully, I have a team of Georgians in Congress who are working shoulder-to-shoulder with me to do it. Succeeding with a repeal requires leadership and commitment to not only strip this pernicious law from the books but to work to fix America's broken health care system. I am proud to say that Georgia has this kind of leadership and commitment in spades.

As you may know, we have three members of Congress right here in Georgia who are doctors and bring a heightened level of expertise and insight to this issue. Doctors Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Tom Price are all leaders in the fight and have all introduced legislation "to get Washington, D.C., out" of Americans' health care decisions once and for all.

If you want to know how it makes a difference to have doctors in Congress, remember that Broun made house calls in his practice. He had one of the last truly patient-centered practices. The question for him wasn't "When do I have time to see you?" The question was "When do you need to see me?" That matters! Patient-centered medicine matters. Broun reminds Congress of this every day and his commitment to it is seen by all.

My commitment to you is that we will repeal the president's health care law. Equally important, however, is my commitment to you that we will not replace it with a new one-size-fits-all Washington, D.C., plan. You see, there is not one sentence of the president's health care law that Georgia couldn't implement on its own if it wanted to. When I tell you that I'm fighting to keep Washington out of your health care decisions, I am including me. Not one of you elected me to be your doctor or your health counselor. You elected me to be a guardian of your freedom, a freedom that so many have given so much to preserve. On this task, I will not fail, as failure is not an option for America.

Last Thursday was a bad day for liberty and a bad day for Georgia families struggling to find quality, affordable health care. As the shock wears off and determination sets in, however, know that the fight is not over. Freedom lost when the Supreme Court had its say on the last Thursday in June, but freedom is going to win big when the American people have their say on the first Tuesday in November!


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