This week, the House of Representatives will take yet another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as "Obamacare." And, according to Congressman John Barrow, "the talking heads in Washington" are starting to spin the facts to be more in line with what he terms "their partisan agendas." He wants to clarify his position, and provide the latest on why there will be a vote this week in Congress.
"First and foremost, I voted against making the ACA (Affordable Health Care Act) 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," he stated in a press release this week.
"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," Barrow adds.
"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," he outlines.
According to the Congressman, independent fact checkers have said that claims about his position are false.
And, Barrow has launched a poll for residents that asks whether people support what he terms "the positive provisions in the Affordable Care Act that protect coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until they're 26 years old?
The poll is available at the Congressman's website.