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Obamacare is collapsing. Health insurance costs are rising, and quality of care is decreasing, while federal regulations also harm employment. The consequences were predictable. But Obamacare supporters are now demanding an even larger federal role in Americans' private medical decisions. "Single-payer," another term for European socialized medicine, would be a disaster, leading to higher taxes, centralized decision-making in Washington, and rationing. Instead, we must return power to patients and their doctors. Removing expensive layers of bureaucracy would lower prices for insurance, services, and accelerate innovation. Numerous times, I have voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free-market reforms that respect every American's right to make his or her own health care decisions.

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Sep 3, 2019 In The News
CLEVELAND -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Courtney Rogers and Ed Harries, executive director of the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home Board, were joined by federal, state and local partners Wednesday as they broke ground on the new Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans’ Home in Cleveland. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, State Senator Mike Bell, State Senator Todd Gardenhire, State Rep. Dan Howell, State Rep. Mark Hall, Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks, Many-Bears Grinder, former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, staff from the Bradley County Veteran Services Office and community members participated in the groundbreaking celebration.
Aug 22, 2019 Press Release
CLEVELAND, TENN. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., calling it an “historic moment” in Cleveland, Bradley County, spoke at the ground-breaking of the new Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home today. The modern facility, scheduled for completion in approximately two years, has been sixteen years in the making. It will house more than 100 veterans in need of long-term care.
Mar 27, 2019 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Daily Signal spoke with three medical doctors who are serving in the U.S. House—Reps. Scott DesJarlais, Paul Gosar, and Andy Harris—to talk about Medicare for All and their solutions for a patient-centered alternative. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript below.
Mar 27, 2019 In The News
Since the National Emergencies Act became law in 1976, U.S. presidents have declared more than 50 emergencies. More than 30 are ongoing. In the past, presidents of both parties have used their emergency powers to reallocate federal funds, reassign government employees, and build infrastructure to protect Americans from terrorist attacks, weapons of mass destruction, and drug cartels.
Mar 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (R-TN), Neal Dunn, M.D. (R- FL), John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA) released the following statements after sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) applauding the agency’s proposed rule to limit the use of rebates: “When we talk about patient-centered health care, this is what we mean: a rebate system in which patients themselves, not pharmacy benefit managers, receive rebates that lower their prescription costs,” said DesJarlais. “This change will also increase efficiency in the Medicare Part D program, saving taxpayers money..."
Feb 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, where international cartels are smuggling drugs and human beings into the United States, and large numbers foreign nationals are illegally crossing into the country: "“Sophisticated international cartels, some of the most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations in the world, are operating just across the border from the United States in Mexico. They partner with foreign adversaries, including Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and China, and smuggle drugs as well as human beings into our neighborhoods, including in my home state of Tennessee..."
Feb 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) attended the President’s State of the Union Address to Congress tonight. The member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in support of conservative economic policies, stronger border security and other elements of Donald Trump’s speech: “More than 90 percent of the media coverage of President Trump is negative, despite our successful work to rejuvenate the economy, which has produced fantastic jobs reports recently. This State of the Union Address was an opportunity for him to address the American people directly, although millions, especially in Tennessee, are experiencing for themselves the power of conservative policies placing middle-class families and small businesses first..."
Jan 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced subcommittee assignments for the new 116th Congress. Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) will join the Subcommittees on Strategic Forces, as well as Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The former oversees nuclear weapons, missile defense and space programs. The latter oversees counter-terrorism, special operations, military intelligence and cyber issues, among others.
Jan 9, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais issued the following statement supporting stronger border and immigration security, after the President’s Oval Office address to the nation last night: “Weak border security and bad laws are causing a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and in our local communities. Erecting more effective physical barriers would prevent drug and human smuggling into the U.S. We need more border agents and ICE officers, too, but Democrats oppose a wall, a fence and even ICE itself. But over ninety percent of heroin crosses into the U.S. from Mexico, killing Americans, and cartels and gangs are also smuggling women and children. Illegal immigration is overwhelming our court system..."
Dec 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. DesJarlais, a House Freedom Caucus member, was an outspoken proponent of changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, which would help more Americans gain job training and employment in an economy where an estimated six million job openings outnumber unemployed.