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Health Care

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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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.
Sep 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) voted today to make individual and small business tax cuts, centerpieces of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law last year, permanent. Legislation that also passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week would increase Americans’ ability to contribute to education, health and retirement savings plans, and small businesses’ ability to deduct start-up expenses.
Sep 25, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ bill to designate the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as the “Sergeant John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility.”
Jul 26, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Obamacare’s medical device tax threatens to increase patients’ health care costs and prevent life-saving innovation. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted this week to permanently eliminate the tax, also threatening American jobs, and to expand tax-exempt Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
Jun 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., an advocate of patient-centered health care, who has voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free-market reforms that would lower insurance costs and increase consumers’ choice of plans, released the following statement in support of the Trump Administration’s announcement yesterday of a new rule allowing small businesses to create Association Health Plans.
Jun 15, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a week in which the House of Representatives focused solely on solutions to the country’s opioid crisis, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted to improve veterans’ addiction treatment, prevent childhood trauma and illness as a result of parental drug abuse, and to stop shipments of narcotic chemicals across U.S. borders, among other votes to help his home state of Tennessee conquer its drug epidemic.
May 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted for the VA MISSION Act last night. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis and the Senate will now consider, would allow veterans to seek health care outside the Veterans Administration, if they face time, distance or other difficulties obtaining quality care within the VA system.
Apr 23, 2018 Press Release
CLEVELAND, TN -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a State Veterans Home Grant to Tennessee, allowing construction of a new veterans home in Bradley County to move forward. The $26 million federal grant will complement existing funding from the state, local municipalities and private donors, who have been planning a home in Cleveland for years.
Oct 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order.