Voting to Pass the American Health Care Act


Last week, the House passed its repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While this is not the perfect bill, nor the bill I would have written, it gets the ball rolling to bring health insurance premiums down and return control from Washington, D.C. bureaucrats back to doctors and patients. That’s why I voted, “YES."  The Senate will now take up the bill and I suspect there will be significant changes before it is signed into law by President Donald Trump.

I’m amazed by all the fake news coverage and fearmongering by those trying desperately to hold on to failed Obamacare. Premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed and insurance companies are pulling out of the individual markets even with high premiums.

One of the most common false claim about the AHCA is the bill does away with protections for those with pre-existing conditions. This is FALSE. The AHCA as passed by the House explicitly maintains protections for pre-existing conditions with guaranteed issue of coverage, guaranteed renewability of coverage and a prohibition on insurance companies denying or limiting coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

The plan has always been to tackle the repeal and replacement of Obamacare from 3 angles: the AHCA which deals with financial issues because that can pass the Senate with only 51 votes, administrative changes by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and additional laws that must pass the Senate through regular order. A common complaint about how Obamacare was enacted is that it was a 2,000 page monstrosity no one read. The repeal and replacement is being done in smaller chunks that people can understand, if the media would report facts instead of pushing forward a liberal anti-Trump agenda.

I’d like to thank everyone who shared their opinions on this issue, pro or con. If you live in TX-27, I represent you whether we agree or disagree on any issue. No one should be surprised I am working hard to get rid of Obamacare. It’s one of the main reasons I first chose to run for Congress and I have been steadfast in my public opposition to the law. As we work on the additional phases of replacement, I welcome input from those I represent. The best way to contact me is through the form on my website at farenthold.house.gov.

 

Questioning the Airline Industry on Its Practices

Click above to watch my interview with Stuart Varney on Fox Business about the airline hearing.

Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a full committee hearing where large airline executives, including United’s Oscar Munoz, testified on recent airline problems in the news, as well as their companies' service policies. I spoke to them about the growing level of frustration for both passengers and crew, and asked them about exorbitant baggage fees, overbooking of passengers, reports of new American Airlines uniforms making its employees sick and more. I’m a free market guy, but when the American people are being abused by airlines, they need to shape up or Congress will act. To view my full line of questioning, please click here.
 
Examining the Management of Red Snapper in the Gulf

Click above to watch my opening statement at the hearing.

Last week, I chaired the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior hearing: "Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico."  Red snapper is an essential, yet controversial, resource for the Gulf States. Like many Americans, I am a supporter of conserving our environment and natural resources. There is no doubt we have a responsibility to combat the overfishing of red snapper and other species. However, it's important that all decisions to regulate the fishing of red snapper is done using sound science. Due to large discrepancies between the federal government and Gulf States over catch shares, season lengths, and snapper ratios, it's evident that more research must be done. Also, it is important that more control over fishing is returned to the states. I'm a huge proponent of states' rights and it is clear that when the Gulf States work together to tackle this issue, much better results are achieved. To see more about the hearing, please click here. 

Increasing Sanctions on North Korea

The last few months have seen increased provocation from Kim Jong Un and the North Korean government, as they continue to develop nuclear weapons and threaten the rest of the world. That's why the House voted overwhelmingly last week to institute tougher sanctions against the North Korean regime. These sanctions target the North Korean shipping industry as well as countries that utilize North Korean slave labor. By cutting off a large source of cash flow that funds North Korean nuclear missile development, the United States is sending a strong message to the Kim regime that continued escalation will not be tolerated. To read the full bill, please click here.

I’m also happy to see President Trump has been able to engage China, North Korea’s largest trading partner, in helping reign in the rogue nation.


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