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U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais

Representing the 4th District of Tennessee

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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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.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a physician who ran for Congress on the promise to repeal Obamacare, expressed frustration, but also determination, after several Senate Republicans, who previously voted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, helped Democrats to defeat their constituents’ wishes last night.

The conservative Freedom Caucus member issued the following statement, reiterating his pledge to Tennesseans, experiencing the worst of the former president’s failed health care law:

Jul 10, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act:

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in King v. Burwell upholding tax subsidies issued by federally run exchanges:

Nov 7, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States announced they will hear a case challenging the distribution of tax subsidies in Obamacare through federally-run exchanges:

Sep 30, 2014 Press Release

A federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled today that ObamaCare tax subsidies cannot go to residents of states with a federally-run insurance exchange rather than a state-run exchange. Judge Ronald White wrote, "The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law."

Sep 20, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (R-TN-04) released the following statement after voting in favor of a Continuing Resolution that would defund ObamaCare while keeping the government running until December 15, 2013:

Mar 21, 2013 Press Release

“For the third year in a row, House Republicans have put forth and passed a responsible, common sense budget. Our plan balances the budget in 10 years, without raising taxes on hardworking Tennesseans. It jump-starts our struggling economy by creating jobs and empowering small businesses. Most importantly, our budget provides economic security for our seniors and future generations by preserving and protecting important retirement programs.