Mark's Weekly Update - 1-17-17
Obamacare Repeal Begins
Flawed. Failing. Not fixable.
These are just a few of the words to describe Obamacare--our crumbling healthcare system that is hurting working families, bankrupting businesses, and driving our economy into the ground. This law needs to be fully repealed. Americans cannot afford to bear the burden of its failure any longer.
This week, the House began the process of repealing Obamacare by passing a budget resolution to take Obamacare and its financially crushing regulations off the books. While this bill did not fully repeal Obamacare yet, it is a critical step before the final repeal vote can be taken.
While Republicans continue to debate how to best repeal and replace Obamacare, we agree on the big picture: our current system does not work and is unacceptable. While serious concerns remain, I have been pleased to hear the Speaker commit to bringing up a healthcare replacement bill within days, not weeks, of a repeal measure. This has been a top priority of mine and the Freedom Caucus’. I believe it is critical that we give the American people a clear direction and assurance of a smooth transition toward a sound, high quality, and affordable healthcare market—especially so the most vulnerable can get the coverage they need.
Going forward, I strongly believe and will continue to express that a full repeal of Obamacare should take effect within two years during the 115th Congress. That is what we promised the voters we would do. That is our job--and it’s high time we accomplish it.
To read my full statement, click here.
Interview with MSNBC – Meet the Press Daily
The facts are clear: Obamacare has had disastrous effects on our economy and healthcare system. This law needs to be repealed and replaced both quickly and effectively, and it needs to be done in this Congress--not kicked down the road to the future, as Congress so often does.
Too often, Congress takes a defeatist attitude before we even begin a job. At this moment, it's critical that we take on a much more aggressive, ‘get to work’ mindset when it comes to keeping our promises--particularly in the area of healthcare reform and repealing Obamacare. That's our job. That's what we were sent here to do.
I spoke with Peter Alexander on "Meet the Press Daily" about this issue. Watch the interview here.
Interviewing with Pete Alexander on MSNBC
Op-ed with Rep. Jim Jordan
I encourage you to read this op-ed written by myself and my House Freedom Caucus colleague, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). The op-ed is titled "No more excuses, Republicans," and outlines several specific policy proposals we believe the American people demanded on Election Day and ones that Republicans must deliver on. No more excuses.
It's time to keep our promises and do the bold things that the American people sent us here to do. It’s time to get to work.
To read the op-ed, click here.
(photo credit to The Hill News)
Dr. Dan Lunsford Retiring
My staff and I would like to give our best wishes to Dr. Dan Lunsford, President of Mars Hill University, on announcing his retirement in the fall of next year. Dr. Lunsford is one of the best, and he has been a tremendous leader for Mars Hill University and the surrounding Mars Hill community. He will be missed, but I wish him all the best in the future.
To read more about Dr. Lunsford and his career, click here.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Lunsford on his upcoming retirement
Celebrating MLK Day
This week, America celebrated the legacy of a Civil Rights hero who fought relentlessly for equality. Thank you to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to so many others like him who have had the courage to stand up for what is right. May we never forget the principle that Dr. King so aptly noted: "The time is always right to do what is right."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (photo credit to Huffington Post)
A New Day in Congress
As many of you have probably read by now, Republicans in Congress have been working around the clock to prepare for the incoming administration so we can get right to business. Within hours of inauguration this Friday, President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress will be ready to get to work immediately and begin rolling back the out-of-control bureaucracy in Washington.
To read more about our preparations, click here for an article from the Washington Post.