Week in Review: Republicans Talk Obamacare Repeal and Replace Nationwide | Speaker.gov

During this week’s district work period, Republican lawmakers all over the country participated in roundtables, town halls, interviews, and more to deliver the news that Obamacare repeal and replace is on the way. Here’s a quick glimpse:

Town Halls and Roundtables

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) met with rural hospital administrators and nurses to discuss increased access to quality, affordable health care.

Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mike Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) held a health care reform roundtable in Bismarck, ND, where they met with state officials and health care professionals to discuss repealing and replacing Obamacare. The state leaders responded with a unified message: “Lift regulations and let us innovate.”

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) held a tele-town hall with more than 5,800 northeast Georgians to discuss the Republican plan to repeal and replace the failing health care law.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) delivered a concise message at his town halls: “Obamacare is not functioning. It's producing a lack of choice. It's causing doctors not to accept patients. It's causing people to lose insurance. So we have to move forward.” He also recognized that there’s common ground to be found during this process: “We needed care for . . . preexisting condition, the reforms on allowing kids to be carried forward on their parents' plan. So we can find agreement there.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) participated in a roundtable with local health care leaders to discuss ways to reduce health care costs that have been inflated by Obamacare.

During a town hall, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) explained why repealing and replacing Obamacare is so important: “When the Affordable Care Act passed, you've got to remember the promises that were made. . . . You were told a family of four would on average see their premiums go down by $2,500 a year. You were told if you have a healthcare plan you like, you could keep your healthcare plan. If you had a doctor you liked, you could keep your doctor. Those things have not come to pass. . . . I think we have to take a step back and ask, 'How do we make healthcare work?”

Interviews and Op-Eds

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) discussed patient-centered health care on WBIR Knoxville. Watch her full interview here.

Rep. Mike Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) appeared on MSNBC’s For the Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss how House Republicans will fix America’s health care system that’s been damaged by Obamacare.

Rep. John Moolenar (R-MI) wrote an op-ed in the Lansing Street Journal welcoming civil discussion as legislators walk the path toward a stronger health care system:  “We all want a personalized patient-centered system that provides care for Americans. . . . Health care is a serious issue that directly affects all of us, and I welcome your thoughts on it.”

Reps. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explaining that relief from Obamacare is on the way for those who need it most: “It’s time for change. We have no choice but to scrap this failed program and replace it with a system that gives Pennsylvanians access to the care they need, at a price they can afford and from a doctor they choose.”

The Georgia Republican delegation— Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Jody Hice (R-GA), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rick Allen (R-GA), and Tom Graves (R-GA)—wrote an op-ed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about rescuing the U.S. health care system with ideas from the #BetterWay agenda: “We are going to replace Obamacare with a 21st century health care system that empowers patients.”

Obamacare has failed—how do we fix it? Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Sam Graves (R-MO), Billy Long (R-MO), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Jason Smith (R-MO), and Ann Wagner (R-MO) tackled that question in an op-ed for Fox News—read it in full here.

Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) wrote an op-ed on why House Republicans are working on bringing our health care system into the 21st century.

Bonus Material

Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS) sent a newsletter to constituents highlighting the progress made thus far in the 115th Congress toward a patient-centered health care system.

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) answered a series of questions from his constituents on YouTube, like how to reduce health care costs and increase coverage choices.

Rep. David Young (R-IA) released a newsletter earlier this week welcoming honest conversation about health care.