U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update |January 12, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
We need to repeal and replace broken Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is not working for Southwest Washington, but we must have replacement solutions ready to go.  Please read my letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan about our need to immediately present Americans with replacement health care solutions, also available by clicking here.

Dear Speaker Ryan:
As Congress approaches the significant task of undoing the damage that has been done to Americans’ health care and the U.S. economy by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I urge you to undertake the implementation of replacement health care solutions with equal urgency and purpose.
I know we share the same vision when it comes to Americans’ health care: to make it more affordable, accessible and higher quality for all citizens.  Your leadership with regard to the ACA to this point should be commended; you’ve recognized that rather than trying to patch the massive problems of a fundamentally flawed program, we must take aggressive action before the system falls in on itself.  However, please keep in mind that repealing the ACA is only one step in the process -- not our final goal.
It’s vital that we move forward with replacing the ACA in a manner that doesn't cause additional disruption to those families who have already endured higher costs and the loss of their doctors and plans since the ACA was forced upon them.  As such, any action to repeal on the U.S. House floor should be accompanied by a simultaneous and immediate strategy for replacing it.  For instance, as we unravel the portions of the law that did not reduce health care costs, but instead sought to make prices artificially low through taxpayer-funded subsidies, we should simultaneously debate and vote on a replacement solution that would eliminate the restriction on a citizen of Washington state from purchasing a health care plan from another state that costs less and better suits her specific needs.
Since the inception of the law, the ACA has been consistently opposed by a majority of Americans.  Despite the problems that have fueled its unpopularity, advocates for the law have stubbornly dismissed or denied the difficulties it has caused.  Americans want our party to do better with their health care.  If we simply eliminate the ACA without an equal commitment to immediately replacing it with more patient-centered solutions, we risk repeating the Democrats’ mistakes and losing the trust of Americans we’ve worked so hard to earn.
As someone who has worked to improve health care for all residents throughout my career in public service, I offer my time, energy and support to you in pursuit of an immediate replacement plan for the ACA.


Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

Veteran dies after delayed care

Right before Christmas, I learned of Lewis County veteran John Weston’s tragic death after a delay in care. According to a report in The Chronicle newspaper, Mr. John Weston was diagnosed in July of 2016 with a tumor on his liver but was not scheduled for treatment until October. During that time, the tumor grew and became untreatable, and Mr. Weston passed away in December.

I asked the VA secretary for an internal investigation to see into why it took the VA three months to schedule an appointment for what could have been a treatable diagnosis and make sure it doesn’t happen to other veterans. Click here to read my letter.

Introducing a legislative solution to protect coastal jobs

This week, I introduced a bill that would permanently extend a decades-long fishery agreement to support the jobs within Washington state’s Dungeness crab industry. Reauthorizing the agreement between Washington, Oregon and California will ensure managers use state coordination to appropriately manage the West Coast crab fishery in federal waters. The agreement is vital for Washington’s economy, as our crab industry brings $61 million into the state’s economy annually and provides more than 60,000 maritime jobs. Click here for more information. 

CHRONICLE: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Asks Paul Ryan to Present New Health Care Plan

: Herrera-Beutler: Reform health care while repealing Obamacare

CHRONICLE: Congresswoman Seeks Investigation After Chehalis Veteran’s Death, VA Hospital Delays

CHRONICLE: Local Veteran to Receive Medal 30 Years After Heroic Efforts

ABERDEEN DAILY WORLD: Cantwell, Herrera Beutler introduce bill to support stable Dungeness crab fisheries

Honoring a local American Hero 
Next week, I will have the honor of recognizing a true American hero. Craig Robinson assisted in caring for critically wounded Marines in the immediate aftermath of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, going beyond the call of duty on his first day in the Navy. 

His courage and strength are trademarks of all our military men and women, and I'm proud to share our gratitude and appreciation with him. 

Everyone is welcome to join us for this public ceremony next Monday in Chehalis. Click here for more info. 
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