Dear [REDACTED],

Thank you for contacting me concerning the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. It is important to remember, the passage of the budget resolution is only the beginning of reform and transition to a patient-centered healthcare system for the American people that is more affordable, portable, flexible, and provides more choices for individuals and families.

We are all faced with challenges with our health care needs. Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other health care challenges face us all and our family and friends. That is why we need affordable insurance that will be there when we need it. I look at these issues through the eyes of a daughter with parents who live with us, as well as a mother and a grandmother who understands the changing health care needs over a lifetime.

I would like to assure you I hear your concerns and will work with my colleagues to enact policy that will allow for a wider choice of health care plans that include coverage for those who have preexisting conditions and allow young adults to stay on their parent’s plans until age 26 while encouraging health care innovation and more choice and control in the hands of.patients. Our healthcare sector is complex and we are working carefully and thoughtfully on how we can best improve it.

Our current path under the ACA is flawed and ultimately unsustainable, which is why the Obama administration along with Congress had delayed multiple provisions that would harm patients and hardworking taxpayers if implemented. Even despite these efforts, exchanges across the country have collapsed costing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, while many major insurers have left the exchanges where many consumers now find few choices.

The current health insurance system is not working for millions of individuals, families, and small businesses who have seen their premiums skyrocket - after they were told they would decrease, and deductibles increase so that people often can’t afford to use their plans. Experts have reported that consumers in one-third of the country are forced to buy from a single Obamacare insurer. That’s not choice - that’s a monopoly. And fines and penalties face those who can’t afford these more expensive plans, as well as twenty-one different health care taxes including the medical device tax, the so-called Cadillac Tax, and the individual mandate.

Thank you again for contacting me. It is a privilege to serve you in the Tenth District. I may also be contacted at my Sterling office at 703-404-6903, or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-5136. By visiting http://comstock.house.gov, you can sign up to receive my email newsletters and follow my efforts to serve you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on my activities in Congress and in the District. If I may ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Sincerely,

Barbara Comstock
Member of Congress