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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Health Care

As a rural doctor, I’ve seen the problems our broken health care system poses to Americans. Obamacare made changes that have been nothing short of a complete failure: people losing their insurance and being forced onto the exchanges, increased uncertainty, wasted taxpayer dollars, and hiked premiums. This is why I will vote to repeal Obamacare on every level at every opportunity. I believe government takeover of health care hurts more Americans than it helps. Along with increased uncertainty, the issues of health insurance company bailouts, premium hikes, abortion coverage, the individual mandate, and others are truly worrisome.

Our communities are facing another health care crisis in the form of the opioid epidemic. In June, the House passed H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This bill, targeted at supplying communities with resources to combat the opioid crisis, is the most significant congressional action against a drug crisis in history. Additionally, the House has provided $16 million in critical resources and funds to Louisiana in order to fight this epidemic.

As one of 15 doctors in Congress, I will continue to use my knowledge and experience to reform our health care system, returning decision making from bureaucrats to patients, and keeping the government out of the doctor’s office.

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More on Health Care

March 6, 2019 In The News

U.S. Senator John Kennedy and Representative Ralph Abraham have filed legislation that would require states to verify eligibility for government assistance programs, before the benefits go out. The Income Verification Act would apply to Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and food stamps.

Abraham says the legislation is in response to a legislative auditor’s report that found Louisiana spent as much as 85-million dollars on ineligible Medicaid recipients.

December 19, 2018 In The News

Three days after a Texas judge ruled President Barack Obama’s signature federal health care law unconstitutional, state leaders are assessing their next move pending the likely appeal of the decision.

October 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today announced that eight projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $1.12 million from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), a federal economic development entity funded and authorized by Congress.

The investments will help support eight projects in Ouachita, Rapides, Lincoln, LaSalle, Concordia and East Carroll parishes.

September 5, 2018 In The News

Ochsner Health System has finalized an agreement with Christus Health in Lake Charles to create a joint venture in the region, a deal that includes operations of two hospitals, a charitable foundation and other clinics and facilities.

The deal was originally announced last summer, and officials said Wednesday the joint venture took effect Saturday. As part of the deal, Ochsner will become a minority member of Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana.