POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall wants constituents to share health care stories

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall

With the roll out of the new health care law, Congressman Rob Woodall is hearing from many of his constituents.

On Wedensday, he launched a new feature on his website to make it even easier for people to let him know how the law has impacted their lives.

“We all want Americans to have access to affordable health care. We all want Americans to be able to choose and keep their own doctor. We all want medical decisions made by patients and doctors, not governments and insurance companies,” the Republican from Lawrenceville said in a press release. “Though we share all of these goals, we are incredibly divided about Obamacare. The President believes his bill fulfills these goals; I believe his bill tramples them. What is most important, however, is what the American people believe, and I look forward to having many more constituents share their family stories with me.”

During a recent series of town hall meetings and telephone events across his 7th District, which includes portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, Woodall heard a lot of complaints from constituents about the program. His new feature encourages people to “Share Your Story” through the site.

“President Obama and his administration have acknowledged that problems exist with Obamacare, but have thus far been unwilling to delay the bill until the problems are resolved. We know that millions of Americans continue to lose their health coverage, even though the President promised them they could keep it under Obamacare. We know that millions of Americans are seeing dramatic increases in their insurance premiums, even though the President promised that premiums would go down. The healthcare.gov website, which was to be the core of this new system, is neither functional nor secure. Americans deserve better, and Congress and the President can work together to do better. We can stop the damaging rules and regulations that are going into effect today, and we can begin to accomplish those goals that we all share,” Woodall said. “Your family’s story will make a difference as Congress and the President search for a better way forward.”

This week, the U.S. House is scheduled to take up the “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” which states that any health plan that existed prior to January 2013 can be kept.

“The President made a promise to the American people, but has not fulfilled that promise,” Woodall said. “With this bill, we in the House are trying to make good on the President’s promise and ensure that Washington does not inflict more harm on families, many of whom are already struggling in these difficult times. While so much of the damage has already been done, it is my hope that President Obama and the Senate will put politics aside and work with the House to address this critical issue.”

To “Share Your Story,” visit http://woodall.house.gov/presidents-healthcare-law.