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Letter to Constituents - Affordable Care Act

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Dear Friends,

This week, the House of Representatives will take yet another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as "Obamacare." Before the talking heads in Washington start to spin the facts to be more in line with their partisan agendas, I wanted you to hear straight from me about this issue.

First and foremost, I voted against making the ACA the "law of the land" at every stage in the course of its adoption. Just as I said back then, I'm in favor of reforming our health care system, but I don't think "Obamacare" was the way to do it. I believed that it added too much to the cost of insurance for those who had it, and that it didn't do enough to lower the cost of health care itself.

Fast forward to today, and I still feel the same way.

As for reform, remember that the slogan to improve the ACA was "repeal and replace". However, after more than 30 votes to repeal "Obamacare," not once has the House been allowed to vote for a bill that would replace the law while preserving the things that both Republicans and Democrats agree we need to keep -- like a ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, or allowing children to stay on their parent's health insurance. It's been my policy all along to rise above the petty partisanship in Washington because that's what folks in the 12th District have asked me to do.

For the record, I support repealing the most burdensome provisions of the ACA, and I'm leading the effort in the House to remove the employer mandate, the individual mandate, and the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). These provisions hurt Georgia's businesses, and in my opinion should not be forced down the throats of Americans. However, provisions to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and for children to stay on their parent's health insurance until they're 26 years old, should be preserved. Until we have a replacement that keeps these good provisions, I won't vote to fully repeal the provisions we want and deserve but will never get back. I'm holding Congressional leaders to their "repeal and replace" slogan.

Folks are already distorting my views on health care for political gain. Independent fact checkers have called their claims against me false. You can read more from the fact checkers by clicking here. I'll continue to fight for common sense solutions to improve the health care system in our country, but I refuse to play political games in the meantime.

I encourage you stay involved with the discussions on this and other issues, and please participate in our poll below. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help.

Sincerely,

John Barrow
Member of Congress


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