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

Aug 11, 2017 Press Release

HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a national emergency:

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today reintroduced his legislation to provide healthy and nutritious meals to students.  The School Food Modernization Act would help local schools replace outdated kitchen equipment and improve infrastructure.  The legislation is bipartisan, with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) serving as the lead co-sponsor, and Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-PA) is also a co-sponsor.

Jun 13, 2017 Press Release

​Click here to watch video of Barletta's floor remarks on the Verify First Act.

Jun 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow will vote on legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars.

Under Obamacare, the federal government pays the Advanced Premium Tax Credits to people before first verifying that they qualify to receive those benefits.  If individuals cannot verify their legal immigration status, the Internal Revenue Service is forced to chase after the money.

Jun 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that local communities and health care providers can begin applying for grants to help prevent opioid overdose deaths and provide treatment for opioid addiction.  The grants were recently authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which Barletta helped to negotiate as a member of the joint House and Senate conference committee tasked with drafting comprehensive legislation addressing the opioid epidemic.

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.