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Wittman Says 'Obamacare' Must Be Repealed

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman says he supports preservation of access to care for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as well as ensuring that children up to the age of 26 can stay on their parents’ plan.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman says in his most-recent newsletter that there are many Americans who are unaware that the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 last week that the Affordable Care Act is largely constitutional.

Wittman, R-1, said that there is no doubt the country's healthcare system is in need of reform, but it must be responsible reform. He doesn't think the president's plan solves the problem for the country.

"It is unaffordable and unworkable for Americans and for our country as a whole," Wittman said. "That is why I voted against Obamacare in 2010, and that is why I believe it must be repealed immediately so that reasonable, commonsense steps can be taken to make health care coverage affordable for individuals and families."

He said the partisan rhetoric in Washington after the SCOTUS decision was not helpful to the debate. The debate should be about ensuring citizens across the country can afford and access the medical care that they and their families need. Wittman said the justices wrote in their opinion that it is up to Congress to determine if President Obama's health care legislation is of sound policy. He said that since the healthcare reform debate began, he has been in close contact with constituents across his district to discuss the factors that drive up health care costs. 

"These factors must be addressed in order to bring costs down and increase overall health coverage, and I truly believe that rational solutions are not dictated by political party," he said. "In terms of health care reform, there are factors which many of us can and have agreed on since the beginning of this debate. For example, I support preservation of access to care for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as well as ensuring that children up to the age of 26 can stay on their parents’ plan. Responsible medical liability reform is another commonsense solution that folks agree on, as well as allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. These are simple, specific issues that can be passed with bipartisan support. A 2,000-page bill that was written behind closed doors and raises taxes on middle class families is simply not the solution to reducing health care costs and increasing overall medical coverage."

Larry Gross July 06, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Methinks Whittman has the cart before the donkey. Where is the "better" GOP plan? They've only had since Clinton and Hillary Care to provide their better plan for health care and what have they accomplished in 20 years other than rope-a-dope? They make a laundry list of what is wrong with ObamaCare but then they bring nothing to the table that can be compared to ObamaCare - to show that a better approach exists. Basically the GOP approach here is to first kill ObamaCare and the say to the rest of us "trust us, we'll come up with something better". Now - who trusts the GOP to follow through on this when they have done nothing other than criticize for 20 years? If Whitman wants to get my attention - I want to see a GOP-supported alternative that is demonstrably better than ObamaCare BEFORE the GOP takes the matter into their own hands. What is wrong with actually showing the better plan NOW?
Adam Elliott July 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Whittman says that he supports providing medical insurance coverage to people with preexisting conditions and allowing students stay on their parents plan until age 26. What Whittman does not say is how he would fund these programs. The insurance companies only agreed to provide those benefits if they had a guarantee that more people would pay health insurance premiums, i.e. guarantee that more people are paying into the system so that they can still make a profit from covering high risk people. That was the genesis of the individual mandate. If fewer people are paying premiums, then the health insurance companies have no monetary incentives to provide coverage to the two aforementioned groups. Thus, to force the hands of the insurance companies to cover high risk people would force the companies to increase premiums for everyone covered. Or, the government could always subsidize those extra costs. That would mean, however, that government spending would increase, and no good Republican would want to increase government spending. Therefore, what is Whittman's solution to pay for those popular programs?
Tom Byrnes July 06, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It is unbecoming of our congressman to let FAUX News do his thinking, especially when it makes it obvious he let the pretend news source misinform him of what was in the bill instead of reading it himself (it's not that hard to read). It's Obamneycare, and republicans all obediently lined up in support of it when it was pushed in Congress by Senator Bob Dole and when Romney got it passed as Governor (and that was when all democrats claimed in unison it was a horrible plan). Wittman should abstain until the GOP has a real alternate plan to propose and turn off FAUX News.
Bob Martin July 06, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Witan will do whatever Eric Cantor tells him to do. It's very sad the man has never thought for himself or considered his constituents - just right wing Republican dogma.
rick barasso July 06, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Sounds like he's for all the good stuff. Just doesn't want to pay for it. Or what we like to call Bushanomics.
Raconteur July 06, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Why don't you try reading what the Republicans have published as solutions to Obamacare's failings? Then again, I suppose you are too lazy to look for them. BTW you won't find the Republicans' ideas in the Huffington Post, NY Times or the Washington Pus--uh-- Post.
Raconteur July 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Actually that is the very definition of Obamacare, or socialism. It is the same.
Raconteur July 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I find it comical and typical of the liberals on the forum to expect a rewritten healthcare insurance plan in its entirety, from Rep. Wittman, to be publish here in this article. How hypocritically typical of you hosers.
Bobbi July 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Do your research before commenting. If you are really rich it may work for you. Why? because, most people in parts of Canada, and the UK have to retain a private MD. This is true most parts of Europe. I once lived and married there.
MJWC July 06, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Raconteur - Saying "socialism" is like saying "nazi" or "end times" - it makes you a Pharisee. Please instead tell us why you prefer the Ryan medicare plan because I assume that is what you mean when you say solutions have been posted. I do like your screen name, though.
Tom Byrnes July 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I can only speak for myself, but I certainly don't expect Wittman to author a GOP health care plan or to see it published on Patch, that would be silly when hyperlinks are so easy to use. When the CBO analyses or scores a plan, it can be confirmed as existing. For example, you can read the CBO score for Obamneycare here: http://cbo.gov/publication/21279 The Ryan plan, which was also analyzed by CBO, is a budget, not a health care reform plan, and it does not address uninsured Americans. The CBO said the Ryan budget would increase the number of uninsured and the GOP does not yet have an alternate plan (source: www.gop.gov). They voted to repeal Obamneycare (H.R. 2) and passed H. Res 9, which only instructs committees to develop legislation, which to date, has yet to be written. It is also an established and well accepted fact (not argued even by FAUX News), that Canada, almost all of Europe and the majority of the developed countries in the world all have longer life expectancies than Americans and less disease. When our less informed fellow Americans proclaim we have the best health care in the world, the facts show they are wrong.
Dan Telvock (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I'd publish it Tom if Mr. Wittman did author an alternative plan.
Hamilton July 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I would like to think that any credible health care plan would address obesity, target smokers, address those in entitlement programs and others who have a sedimentary lifestyle, and offer a hand up to those in need. Then maybe we can get back to a more healthy lifestyle. Just look at group pictures from 50 years ago and today - what is most noticable? I know this is a little off target, but I am apolitical and don't care about the politics of this issue, just results. I do not think that having middlepersons (insurance companies and government) in charge of our health care is a good idea. We need to take responsiblity for our own actions and not depend on government.
Anne July 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
The Republicans plan is not better. One thing is certain. they are against women's health issues and birth control. Two things that do matter. Women pay more for insurance than men, yet they deny us birth control with our insurance plans but pay for Viagra and Cialis. Think about that. He doesn't need a rise if he ain't procreating according to republicans lol...
Arnold Smithson July 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I don't expect Congressman Wittman to author a GOP health care plan because he doesn't author much of anything. There are exceptions though, including the "Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2012," the "Electronic Duck Stamp Extension Act of 2009", a resolution "Supporting the goals and ideals of “National Inflammatory Skin Disease Awareness Month”, and the "James Monroe Commemorative Coin Act." With all that on his plate I think we can all agree that he has too much on his plate to think about authoring something as trivial as an alternative healthcare bill. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/browse?sponsor=412255
Rae Lynn Boyer July 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
At this point something is better than nothing, which is exactly what the Republican party has given the American people thus far. I recently had a 10 day hospital stay with a whole lot of tests. When my bill from the hospital came in the mail yesterday, you could have knocked me over with a feather. The amount the hospital "charged" the insurance company was $73,000.00!! The insurance company "allowed" $10,000 of those charges, of which we are 20% responsible (thankfully, we DO have some form of health insurance presently.) So.....what happens to those who do not have a health insurance company to tell the hospital their charges are absurd? The average American has no recourse in a situation like this and they wind up with the full bill looming overhead. Many wind up filing bankruptcy. The ENTIRE health system needs an overhaul. And Rep. Wittman? He's a glad-hander who does whatever the big boys tell him to do....Can't wait until his seat is up for the vote. It's time for these politicians to stand up for Americans. All of them, not just the wealthy. Enough of the "horse and sparrow theory"!
MJWC July 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Tom - thanks for posting this information. I was surprised to see that the Obamneycare will ultimately reduce the federal deficit by $70 billion +/-! What a great bill to start the reform of our broken health care system. There are many other steps that need to be taken. Even conservatives have had good ideas in the past about reforming our broken health care system, such as tort reform. TM explained an idea for tort reform that involved setting up a board to ensure that lawsuits were indeed warranted before they proceeded. It sounds like a great way to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and the negative consequences that come with them. This is a place where Whitman could start. He would have to break with the obstructionists (esp. Cantor) and actually participate in the legislative process. Looking at the accomplishments that Mr. Smithson has listed below I am not sure Whitman has it in him to be that bold. Which brings me to my last point - throw your hat in the ring, Mr. Byrnes, you have a serious command of the issues and information and would be able to engage in the major issues that are facing us, see through the ideological smoke screens, and get us back to a world where dad, mom, older son, and baby all didn't have to work full time just to have insurance so that they can go to the doctor when someone in the family gets bronchitis.

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