Health Care

I am committed to preserving and protecting our nation’s healthcare system. I understand the challenges many Pennsylvanians – and all Americans – face when it comes to receiving healthcare benefits for themselves and their families.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Medicare will go bankrupt by 2024 if we fail to act. I believe that we must balance the needs of today's seniors and near-seniors while also preserving Medicare for future generations. Additionally, we need more stringent safeguards and increased investigation into Medicare fraud and abuse, so there is sufficient funding for those who truly need it.

Before I arrived in Congress, President Obama's healthcare law cut more than $700 billion from Medicare, cutting seniors' benefits, and increasing seniors' Medicare premiums.

Even though the United States Supreme Court said the president’s healthcare law is a constitutional law, that doesn’t mean it is a good law.  The decision was a victory for big government and a defeat for individual freedom.  Since being sworn in, I have voted to protect and strengthen seniors' benefits by repealing the president's healthcare law over thirty times.

I am deeply concerned that this overreach of federal authority will dramatically impact the healthcare choices my constituents will be able to make on their own. Seniors will have their healthcare decisions made by a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will determine whether or not a doctor who accepts Medicare gets paid to perform procedures or exams.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on commonsense reforms to replace this unconstitutional law. The problem with our healthcare system is not access, it is affordability. I support measures to lower the price of healthcare coverage, including allowing consumers to shop for healthcare plans across state lines. Competition will drive down the price, giving more consumers access to cheaper, yet effective plans.

I also support preserving seniors' access to medical services provided by hospitals in our community and preserving home and community based-care for our senior citizens.

More on Health Care

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee today passed legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars.

A 2016 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report revealed that, under Obamacare, $750 million in taxpayer-funded health care subsidies went to people who did not qualify for those benefits.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), H.R. 1628, the first major step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare.  The bill, which now goes to the Senate, is part of a multi-phase process Congress is taking to provide Americans with relief from Obamacare’s restrictive mandates, high costs, and decreased access to health care.

Mar 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement after the House cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628:

Mar 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for The Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 1101, which empowers small businesses to pool together through association health plans and provide their employees with affordable health benefits.  The bill, which passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 236-175, is part of the multi-step process Congress is taking to repeal and replace Obamacare with a mix of legislative and regulatory action to drive down costs and increase choice for consumers.

Mar 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today introduced his bill to deny health care tax credits to illegal immigrants and ensure that Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars go only to those with valid social security numbers.  Barletta’s bill, the Verify First Act, H.R. 1671, is the result of a meeting he had with President Donald J.

Mar 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement after meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald J. Trump last evening.  They discussed Barletta’s concerns that illegal immigrants would receive tax credits under the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Barletta stated Monday that he would vote against the bill unless his concerns were addressed.

Mar 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) recently joined Congressman Evan Jenkins (WV-3) in writing a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price requesting an update on provisions signed into law last year to protect babies born addicted to opioids.  In response to a Reuters report that most states are failing to comply with a federal law requiring them to establish safe care plans for babies born addicted to opioids, Barletta introduced the Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, which requires that states receiving fe

Mar 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement in regard to the American Health Care Act:

Mar 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the American Health Care Act:

Mar 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today supported the passage of three bill through the House Education and the Workforce Committee.  The three measures – the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), the Self-Insurance Protection Act (H.R. 1304), and the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) – would provide small businesses with affordable health care options and would prevent bureaucratic overreach that limits access to innovative programs for American workers and their families.