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Congressman Austin Scott

Representing the 8th District of Georgia

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Health Care

A majority of Georgians opposed a government takeover of our health care system and the billions in new spending and taxes required to pay for it. Despite overwhelming opposition to the entire process, President Obama and the Democrats in the last Congress ignored the will of the people and pushed through a bill giving the government control of one-sixth of our economy. I was disappointed that the Supreme Court could not, in the Court's opinion, find just cause to overturn the law.

This new law forces job-killing mandates on our state, gives bureaucrats in Washington control of health care decisions, undermines pro-life protections in place for 30 years, and creates a new entitlement program that threatens Medicare funding.

Our health care system needs to be improved, but this is not the solution. The American people deserve common sense, market-based reforms that lower costs, increase access to more affordable care, and give citizens more control over their health care decisions. I co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 2 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I have also voted for a number of other bills that help bring true reform to our broken healthcare system.

Medicare

On April 15, 2011, House Republicans passed a budget that provides a blueprint for returning our country to fiscal solvency and economic stability. An important element in this blueprint is a plan to save and strengthen our Medicare system. Unfortunately, under the current setup, mandatory spending on programs like Medicare and Medicaid will quickly overtake the budget in the near future and endanger the entire system. If future taxes hold at these levels, spending on these programs will consume all tax revenue by 2052, forcing drastic and harmful cutbacks and changes to the programs. The Republican budget sets out a plan that will save Medicare from this fate.

Under the Republican plan, Americans who are 55 years or older will see no changes in their Medicare coverage. In the future, beneficiaries will receive a premium subsidy from the government to purchase a Medicare-approved health plan of their choice.

Medicare spending will continue to grow every year. However, the rate of growth will slow in order to preserve this important program for future generations. The House Republican plan for saving and strengthening Medicare is based on the same plan that Members of Congress currently have. This plan will encourage competition and help keep health care costs in check.

More on Health Care

January 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement on S. Con Res. 3, the FY17 Budget Resolution, which will start the process of reconciliation, instructing committees of jurisdiction to draft the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare:

February 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today voted to override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act

June 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Courts’ ruling on King v. Burwell to uphold subsidies on the federal exchange. 

June 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), as co-chairs of the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) Health Care Task Force, today introduced “The American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA),” to repeal Obamacare, establish patient-centered reforms and develop free-market solutions for America’s health care sector.

June 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), as co-chairs of the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) Health Care Task Force, today introduced The American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA), to repeal Obamacare, establish patient-centered reforms and develop free-market solutions for America’s health care sector.

November 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced dates for four upcoming Medicare Part D Workshops hosted by the Congressman’s District Offices during November.

January 28, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following video statement in response to the President’s 2014 State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday:

January 27, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced upcoming mobile offices coming to Georgia's Eighth Congressional District in February.

Representatives from Scott’s district office will hold eleven remote office locations throughout the Eighth Congressional District to offer constituents assistance with federal issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to Veterans' benefits.

December 3, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced an upcoming mobile office coming to Valdosta on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Representatives from the Congressman's district office will be in Valdosta to offer constituents assistance with a number of federal issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to Veterans' benefits. Additional details are provided below:

November 14, 2013 Press Release

Tifton, GA – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced his office will participate in the first annual C.A.R.E. for the Homeless Resource Fair being held in Tifton on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Representatives from Scott’s district office will be present to provide constituents assistance with federal issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to Veterans' benefits.

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