U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) released the following statement on votes today to fund government operations for the next fiscal year. The House of Representatives included legislation cosponsored by Congressman Barrow to repeal the Medical Device tax.
"I've consistently supported efforts to repeal the most burdensome provisions in the Affordable Care Act, without jeopardizing programs that both Republicans and Democrats agree we should keep," said Congressman Barrow. "Tonight, the House voted on another bill that goes too far, because it would delay things we ought to keep, including a ban on discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions. Folks are tired of this all-or-nothing approach we've seen time and time again, and I agree with them."
In July, Congressman Barrow voted in support of legislation to repeal the individual and employer mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and serves as the lead Democratic cosponsor of legislation to repeal the employer mandate. He also voted in support a bipartisan measure in the House to remove the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing any provision of the ACA. In addition, Congressman Barrow joined a bipartisan coalition of House members in cosponsoring legislation to repeal the medical device tax.
Congressman Barrow has consistently called for votes to repeal individual provisions with the ACA, without removing provisions such as an insurance company's ability to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.