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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Muted response from Louisiana Republicans on health plan

March 14, 2017
In The News

Louisiana's majority-Republican congressional delegation isn't exactly embracing the U.S. House leadership's proposal to replace President Barack Obama's health care law, with most members instead offering a cautious, noncommittal response.

Only U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican and a member of the leadership team pushing the replacement plan, has given a full-throated endorsement to the legislation. Scalise, of Jefferson, described it Wednesday as a plan to "put patients back in charge of their health care decisions."

Other Louisiana Republicans in Congress are more reticent, saying they're studying the bill.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto and a doctor, said Congress is "on the right road," but he stopped short of backing the legislation, citing outstanding questions.

"Obamacare has failed and must be repealed. This bill seeks to do that, but many of my colleagues have raised significant questions that I agree this Congress must have the courage to address as we move forward," Abraham said in a statement.

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