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  • The American Health Care Act: Patient-Centered, 21st Century Health Care
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Every day I hear stories from folks across East Tennessee who are being forced to choose between paying their monthly insurance premium or buying other essentials for their families. With health care premiums skyrocketing and competition among providers eliminated, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is forcing Americans to purchase health insurance that they don’t like, need, and cannot afford. In fact, beginning in 2018, one-third of the counties in the First District have ... Read more

  • Roe in The Hill's Special Report: CO-OP failures put spotlight on ACA’s many shortcomings
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    CO-OP failures put spotlight on ACA’s many shortcomings By Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), M.D. Since 2009, I’ve warned that the president’s healthcare law would eventually collapse. As a physician, I had serious concerns about the Affordable Care Act; unfortunately, Republican doctors in Congress were shut out of the debate by the Democrat majority at the time. Since then, we’ve seen premiums and out-of-pocket expenses skyrocket for American families. The law that was supposed to help expand access to... Read more

  • The State of the Union
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Second Amendment

    Tuesday evening President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. This speech was different than other State of the Union addresses given by President Obama because he didn’t really get deep into any specific policy proposals or ask Congress to act. In this year’s address, like those in the past, the president said some things I agreed with and also some things I disagreed with. The president did call on Congress to put partisan politics aside and work together, which we all agree ... Read more

  • Roe Addresses Constituents After President Obama's Final State of the Union
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. addressed his constituents in a video message after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union speech. Roe discussed the Second Amendment, the fight against terrorism and several other priorities in Congress in the upcoming year. To watch, click here. The script as prepared for delivery is below as well. Tonight, during his State of the Union address, we heard from President Obama on his priorities for his final year in office. It’s no ... Read more

  • Roe Votes to Send Bill to Repeal Obamacare and Defund Planned Parenthood to the President
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after voting to send a bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood to the president’s desk: "As someone who spent three decades caring for patients, I’ve been concerned about the president’s health care law since it was forced through a Democrat-led Congress six years ago. Since then, the law has done irreparable harm to hardworking families all over the country, increasing costs and lowering the qua... Read more

  • Setting the Stage for a Productive 2016
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    This week, the House passed – with my support – important legislation to make many of the tax credits and deductions hardworking families rely on permanent. This bill brings certainty to the tax code by permanently extending several important expiring tax breaks that encourage charitable giving, small business capital investment and research and development. The bill also paves the way for comprehensive tax reform by moving away from year-to-year tax policy extensions, allowing Congress to focus... Read more

  • The American Health Care Reform Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    On Monday, the Obama Administration released ObamaCare rate requests from health insurance companies for 2016. It comes as no surprise that many insurers have proposed rate increases of more than 20 percent, citing rising medical and prescription drug costs. So despite the president’s promise to lower health care costs, his law has driven prices in only one direction—up. As families and employers struggle to navigate the many challenges posed by ObamaCare, it’s important for Republicans to take ... Read more

  • Roe Leads Nearly 70 Members in Effort to Support Funding for Gulf War Illness Treatment Research
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) led nearly 70 members of the House in a letter to appropriators encouraging funding for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Gulf War Illness Research Program within the DoD Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs. The letter, found here, is supported by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Sergeant Sullivan Center, National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition... Read more

  • Roe Supports Legislation to Repeal and Replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) voted in support of H.R. 2, bipartisan legislation to repeal and replace Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, also known as the ‘doc fix’. The bill also includes an important provision to help hospitals in Tennessee. Roe released the following statement: “This agreement is one of the most important things we’ve accomplished since I’ve been in Congress, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work done by the House Energy and Comme... Read more

  • Why the ‘Doc Fix’ Matters
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    As co-chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, I have spent the last three years working with my physician colleagues in Congress to address many issues in health care. Founded in 2009, the Caucus has allowed Republican doctors and nurses in Congress to collaborate in an unprecedented way. We’ve stood firm against the president’s health care law, promoted patient-centered solutions drafted by our members, and listened to concerned seniors across the country who are worried about the future of Medicar... Read more