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The consequences of Obamacare were predictable. The website failed. The co-ops collapsed. Many fewer signed up for expensive plans. Mostly a Medicaid expansion, the program piled new mandatory spending on an already strained federal entitlement. Elderly and disabled patients waiting for care moved to the back of the line, behind healthy, working-age adults. Americans lost their private insurance and doctors. Costs rose quickly. 

Obamacare supporters are now demanding an even larger federal role in Americans' private medical decisions: "Medicare for All." Medicare for All would replace Medicare and every other insurance plan with a one-size-fits-all government-administered system like the VA. Seniors who paid into Medicare would lose the coverage and benefits they currently claim. Our national debt would explode, jeopardizing basic health care. 

Under Donald Trump, we're finally seeing price decreases. There are more, cheaper generic drugs. Finally, customers can purchase health insurance across state lines. There are short-term, flexible plans available for those unable to afford Obamacare's high premiums and deductibles. The individual mandate tax is gone. Protecting people with pre-existing conditions is possible without Obamacare and high taxes on income-earners. 

Rather than increase government bureaucracy, we must return power to patients and their doctors to lower prices for insurance, services, and to accelerate innovation. Numerous times, I have voted t for ree-market reforms that respect every American's right to make his or her own health care decisions.

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Sep 15, 2021 Press Release

(MURFREESBORO, TN) –Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) authored a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra expressing concerns over the distribution of monoclonal antibody therapies.


Sep 10, 2021 Press Release

(MURFREESBORO, TN)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement at the conclusion of President Joe Biden’s announcement regarding new COVID-19 vaccine mandates.


“Today the Biden administration proved just what lengths they will go to limit the freedoms of the American people. 

Aug 6, 2021 Press Release

(Murfreesboro, TN)–Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement on his opposition to any COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military service members. 


Numerous reports indicate that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is set to implement a coronavirus vaccine mandate for active-duty United States Armed Forces members soon.


Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

(MURFREESBORO, TN)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement at the conclusion of President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress. 


“Tonight, President Joe Biden stood before the American people and unveiled his radical socialistic agenda. Promises of mass spending, a higher tax burden and weakened national security were made. 


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..."