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.
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WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 5294, the Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) that would address the impacts of opioid addiction on labor force participation and economic development, and provide communities with the tools necessary to find solutions to this epidemic.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education will receive a total of $9,088,536 through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program.
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HAZLETON – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule expanding the opportunity for small businesses to offer health insurance though Association Health Plans. The notice will begin a 60 day comment period. Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) released the following statement to commend the administration’s actions.
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WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing titled, “The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region.”