Griffin, 33 House Republicans Request Meeting with President Obama to Discuss Real Health Care Reform

Dec 10, 2013 Issues: Health

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after leading 33 other House Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday requesting a meeting to discuss real health care reform alternatives to Obamacare:

“The failure of Obamacare means we must act now.  President Obama said recently, ‘If you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me.’ I hope he meant what he said and will meet with us.  It’s not too late for a fresh start so we can get real health care reform right.”

The letter states: “[I]t is a false choice to say that the [Affordable Care Act] is the only way to reform health care,” and points out that, in the current Congress, House Republicans have introduced more than 200 health care-related bills, which include patient-centered solutions like:

-          Making health insurance companies compete nationwide, across state lines. Americans should have the freedom to buy health insurance from any provider;

-          Guaranteeing people with pre-existing conditions can get affordable coverage. Creating high risk pools with premium caps and expanding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protections will ensure access to coverage;

-          Providing a universal tax incentive for buying health insurance. Whether Americans buy health insurance independently or through an employer, the tax code should treat everyone equally and fairly;

-          Empowering families with tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Letting families save more for health care expenses will encourage financial stability;

-          Increasing transparency in billing so consumers know what they are paying for. In the age of the Internet, everyone can see prices and reviews of anything before buying—except when it comes to health care. Informed choices are better choices;

-          Enabling small businesses and other groups to pool their coverage. Letting employers partner together to get the same insurance rates as large corporations will lower costs;

-          Cracking down on junk lawsuits. Capping attorney fees and reforming our legal system will let doctors focus on giving patients the care they truly need and save the time and money wasted by frivolous claims;

-          Reducing the doctor shortage. Incentivizing primary care physicians to work in underserved areas will increase access and improve quality of care;

-          Giving states flexibility to improve Medicaid through innovation. After it was freed from some federal mandates, Rhode Island increased choice and expanded access for low-income Americans while reducing costs. Other states should be able to do the same.

Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of The American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121), which would repeal and replace Obamacare.

Last month, Rep. Griffin introduced H.R. 3541, the House companion bill to Senator Marco Rubio’s S. 1726, the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act.

Rep. Griffin’s letter (PDF) to President Obama is signed by:

-          Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01)

-          Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01)

-          Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)

-          Rep. Diane Black (TN-06)

-          Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

-          Rep. Tom Cotton (AR-04)

-          Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01)

-          Rep. John Culberson (TX-07)

-          Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)

-          Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)

-          Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02)

-          Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07)

-          Rep. Billy Long (MO-07)

-          Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)

-          Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06)

-          Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)

-          Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)

-          Rep. Rich Nugent (FL-11)

-          Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09)

-          Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16)

-          Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-08)

-          Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07)

-          Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12)

-          Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05)

-          Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02)

-          Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)

-          Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)

-          Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)

-          Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02)

-          Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01)

-          Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03)

-          Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-07)

-          Rep. Todd Young (IN-09)