Where do you stand on healthcare?

Which of the following do you most support?
 ( )Fully repealing the Affordable Care Act, and then debating what to replace it with.
 ( )Simultaneously repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
 ( )Leaving the Affordable Care Act as is.
 ( )Repairing the Affordable Care Act.
 ( )A single-payer system.
 ( )Other (please specify)

The District 

Every weekend, I look forward to coming home and meeting with constituents of the Second District. Whether it is in an individual meeting, with a group of people interested in the same cause or idea, or with an organization, I look forward to hearing your concerns, ideas, and recommendations.

This past weekend I met with an inter-denominational group of pastors who are concerned about the gridlock in Washington, and the need for a bi-partisan collaboration to dismantle that gridlock. The group represented varied view points, but we all shared the conclusion that more emphasis on faith would free us to listen to one another.

Making sure our veterans receive the respect and thanks they deserve for their service is very personal for me. I had the chance to attend VFW Honor Guard banquet and thank them for their service to our country, and their continued service at over 200 funerals a year. I too have served at the funerals of veterans and I know how important the Honor Guard’s service is to the families who lose their loved ones. 

I also visited New Visions Veteran Transitional Housing; a facility that has 26 of 40 apartments set aside for veterans who are homeless or are going through recovery from substance abuse. During the two years the veterans live there, they receive personalized case management services and assistance securing employment.   

Another non-profit organization making a difference is the Heartland Workforce Solutions, which is made up of public and private agencies dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for job seekers and employers in Douglas, Washington and Sarpy counties. I visited with this organization which focuses not only on the individual worker but also the employer, striving to make the process of connecting one to the other not only more efficient, but more accessible and user-friendly. 

Our community colleges are doing an excellent job preparing people for the future. I visited Metro Community College’s (MCC) Fort Omaha campus where they are launching a new training program this fall for trades and construction arts, as well as emerging technologies. MCC has a great positive impact on our community.

Finally, I visited one of the nation’s foremost providers of medical and physical rehabilitation for adults and children located in Omaha. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals specializes in complex neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and severe stroke. Madonna’s team works with the most advanced technology and equipment to help each patient achieve the highest level of independence.

I had a fantastic time touring the Madonna facility during my time home!

What's Going on in Washington?

I am proud to have introduced H.R. 1383, the Recognizing Officers and Enlisted Men of the Korean Constabulary Act of 2017. This legislation will allow for members of the Korean Constabulary to be buried with military honors in a national cemetery. This is the least we can do to honor those who fought on our behalf.

This past week, we put the bulk of our focus on judiciary reform. I voted in support of H.R. 720, Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017, and H.R. 985, Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017. These two bills will work to protect individuals from abuse by holding legal counsel responsible for any manipulation of our judiciary system.

We also passed H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. I promised to fight to increase our military-readiness, and that is exactly what this bill does. As of now 56 percent of Navy’s aircraft are unable to fly today and only 3 of 58 Combat Brigades in the Army can deploy. These are just a few of the examples to outline our need to increase readiness.

Lastly, this Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released their scoring of House Republican's American Health Care Act. The CBO claims that within the first year of implementation that 14 million people will lose coverage, and a total of 26 million will do so by 2026. The report does not consider unilateral actions that can be taken by Secretary Tom Price to rollback regulations which will significantly lower the cost of healthcare. Also, our legislative priorities post-AHCA are not considered. Breaking down barriers and allowing for insurance to be sold across state-lines, coupled with reform of the Food and Drug Administration, will push healthcare prices down for all Americans. 

Removing the individual mandate is the primary factor for this drop in coverage. While we need to hold down the loss of coverage, the CBO did report that the AHCA will reduce the budget deficit by $337 billion, reduce taxes by $883 billion, and reduce premiums by 10%.

We cannot forget the CBO was significantly off when they studied Obamacare. In 2013, the CBO estimated that 24 million people would have coverage under Obamacare in 2016. They were off by a whopping 13 million people – over 50 percent – as less than 11 million were actually covered.

I look forward to the continued debate throughout this process and anticipate the final product to come from the consensus of all members of the House. We will improve this bill through an open and transparent process. Thank you for subscribing and please feel free to visit my website: bacon.house.gov.

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