Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), responded to President Obama's sixth State of the Union Address this evening, saying:
"President Obama's State of the Union Address was almost indistinguishable from years past: no accountability, few workable solutions and an outright refusal to work with Congress.
"Since President Obama took office, the average household income has dropped by $4,000. Our workforce has shrunk to the smallest it has been in generations. And, the vast majority of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.
"Sadly, President Obama's policies have most adversely affected America's poor and working class families. Today, 1 in 6 Americans lives in poverty. This includes 20 percent of all children.
"And now, thanks to Obamacare, Americans across the economic spectrum face increased health care costs, steep taxes and fines, dropped coverage, restricted access to care and the prospect of losing their doctors.
"Real people are hurting, and instead of working cooperatively with those of us in Congress, President Obama is threatening to exercise even more executive power in pursuit of an extreme agenda. During a time of extraordinary challenge for our nation, the White House should seek to build relationships and work with Congress, not circumvent us at every turn.
"Mr. President, the state of our union is not stronger under your watch, and I am deeply disappointed in the deficit of leadership we've seen. But there is still time to correct this path. For the sake of our nation, we call on you to work with us to help put America back on track."
Congressman Tom Price, M.D., is vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent more than 20 years caring for patients in the metro Atlanta area.