An Unwanted 3rd Anniversary for Obamacare

Mar 26, 2013 Issues: Veterans, Economy and Jobs, Happening in West Texas, Health Care

An Unwanted 3rd Anniversary for Obamacare

Earlier today, I met with my health care advisory group in Lubbock, and they explained how Obamacare is already impacting their industry.  We’ve reached the 3rd anniversary of Obamacare’s passage, and this law hasn’t gotten any better with age.  When he was promoting his plan, President Obama told Americans that if they wanted to keep their current health care plans, they could.  But new reports show that seven million people will lose their employer-sponsored coverage.  We were told that families would save $2,500 in premiums, but instead, the average family premium has increased by $3,000.  What’s most frightening is a report that predicts that Obamacare will eliminate 800,000 jobs over the next ten years. We simply can’t afford these kinds of consequences.  I’ve been working for a full repeal of this policy.  The latest step towards that was passing the House Republican’s Path to Prosperity last week.  This budget would eliminate Obamacare and save taxpayers $1.8 trillion over the next ten years.   I’ll keep fighting hard to stop Obamacare from being implemented and to repeal it once and for all.

Events in West Texas this Week

I’m glad to be home in West Texas visiting constituents and getting input on important policies.   On Saturday, I hosted a U.S. Military Academy forum in Lubbock for students who are interested in serving our country.  We met with representatives from each of the armed forces’ academies to ask about admissions and academics.  I will host another Military Academy forum tomorrow evening in Abilene.  Tonight, I am looking forward to meeting the new President of Texas Tech University, M. Duane Nellis, as he is introduced to the Red Raider community.  Tomorrow, I will be speaking at the Abilene Southwest Rotary Club luncheon.  Later in the week, I’ll be meeting with business and community leaders in Graham and speaking to the Graham Lions Club.  I hope to see you at one of these events.

Congressional Art Competition

Do you know a creative high school student with an eye for art?  Encourage them to enter the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.  Across the country, each member of Congress reviews submissions from talented students in their district and chooses one piece of artwork to display in the U.S. Capitol for a year.  On my way to vote, I pass these works of art nearly every day that I’m in Washington, DC, and it’s not only a beautiful and diverse collection, but it’s also a powerful reminder of all the young talent in our country.  Beckie Schneller of Abilene represented the 19th District this past year with her oil painting, So Small.  I’m looking forward to reviewing this year’s entries.  

The competition is open to all high school students in the 19th District of Texas, and entries are due by April 26, 2013.  Entry rules are posted at the official competition website. You can also contact Lisa Brooks at 432-264-0722 or lisa.brooks@mail.house.gov for more information.

Remembering Fallen Marines

Last week, ten United States Marines were killed.  Seven died in a training exercise in Nevada and three more at Quantico, Virginia.  This is a sad reminder of what a tremendous sacrifice our young men and women make when they volunteer to serve our country.  Serving in the military is never truly “safe” even when our troops are not deployed.  The courage and commitment required of our armed forces and their families is extraordinary, and we all owe them our gratitude and praise every day.

Action Item: Wishing You and Yours a Blessed Easter

Dana and I always look forward to celebrating Easter with our family.  I hope your family has a holiday filled with joy, peace, and the promise of new beginnings.