Peeling back the layers

United States CongressEven as we approach Tuesday’s Sixth District election, Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s  efforts in Washington continue on. He writes to the concerned citizens in this District  …

The eyes of the nation are on the Supreme Court as we await its decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law at the end of the month. However, even as we wait, my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives are determined to push forward in the fight to repeal this government takeover of our health care system.

Bob Goodlatte

Yesterday, the House voted to peel back another layer of the law by passing the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 436). This bipartisan, pro-innovation, pro-jobs legislation repeals several harmful pieces of the health care law that limit choice and flexibility for consumers.

Protecting jobs and access to health care is critical. This legislation repeals the 2.3 percent tax that will be imposed on the sale of medical devices starting in 2013. If enacted, this tax on American innovation and small businesses could result in the loss of up to 43,000 American jobs. In Virginia, there are roughly 4,700 jobs in the medical technology industry. This burdensome tax would also increase health care costs and harm American manufacturing.

Additionally, H.R. 436 restores the right of consumers to use Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA), Archer Medical Savings Accounts, and others to purchase over-the-counter medications without a prescription. Obamacare instituted a ban on using these important accounts for purchasing over-the-counter drugs, which is already resulting in increased health care costs for many. The bill also puts an end to the “use it or lose it” policy concerning FSAs, allowing account holders to cash-out up to $500 of the unused FSA balance. Currently, unused FSA balances are forfeited back to the employer.

I have worked in opposition to President Obama’s health care law for nearly three years. Peeling back layer after layer, I have now taken more than 25 votes in the 112th Congress to repeal, dismantle, or defund the law. Whether it’s a decision by the Supreme Court or an action of Congress, full repeal of Obamacare remains the final goal. You can be certain that I will not stop fighting until this law has been repealed in its entirety.

Bob Goodlatte

Should you have further questions, please visit the “Contact Bob” section of my website or call my office at (202) 225-5431.

Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 436)

Contact : Bob Goodlatte – Virginia 6th District

2 South Main Street
Suite A, First Floor
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391
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2240 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431
Fax: (202) 225-9681

June 9, 2012
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