I have an old post that is getting hits. People want to know how their congressman voted.  So I wrote this post.

My congressman is Rob Wittman. Here is the statement he emailed this afternoon.

May 4, 2017
CONTACT: DC Press Office
(202) 225-4261
Wittman Backs American Health Care Act 
WASHINGTON –Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.“It is clear the Affordable Care Act is failing and must be fixed. Having reviewed the text of the bill and the Upton and MacArthur Amendments, I believe this legislation does what is necessary to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, meets the principles for health care reform I laid out several months ago, and puts in place policies that will expand health care choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs.

“This is the first step in a multi-step legislative and administrative process that will give individuals and families more control and choice over their health care decisions while increasing flexibility for states to deliver quality, affordable health care options to their residents.”

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.


Which Republicans voted against the American Health Care Act? You can find out here (This was a vote to pass H.R. 1628 in the House.) at GovTrack or here ( All the Democrats voted in lockstep against it.

Here are some descriptions of the bill, the GOP celebration and issues to come with the Senate.

I particularly enjoyed the complaint about philosophical incoherence. We got philosophical coherence with Obamacare. Obamacare is failing. Now we are just trying to salvage what we can before Obamacare collapses, and the people who made this mess won’t help to undo it. All they care about is blaming someone else. So the American Health Care Act is more about desperation than philosophy.

We have a choice.

  • The low road: We can let the system collapse. The resulting crisis will most likely give the Republican leadership (especially in the Senate) more flexibility in redesigning the system. However, we can rightly doubt that those senators who could have prevented the collapse have our best interests in mind.
  • The high road: We can do our best to keep our healthcare system working and make improvements over time.  Those improvements will require us to get it through some very thick skulls (meebots) that government-run charity is too political and too expensive.

Here is how utterly stupid we have become. We have elected leaders who advocate health insurance for preexisting conditions. That is oxymoronic. By definition no insurance company insures against a disaster that has already happened. Because giving someone money to fix a problem that has already happened is charity, insurance for preexisting conditions is more properly called charity. In fact, insurance for preexisting conditions rewards the undesirable behavior of people who could have bought health insurance and chose not to do so.

So far our president and majority of the House Republicans have taken the high road.  The Senate Republicans? Will they take the high road? We can hope for the best, but it is probably not realistic to expect it.


    1. @marmoewp

      You yourself say the reputation of politicians stinks. So you want them to run your health care?

      Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. — John Godfrey Saxe (As quoted in University Chronicle. University of Michigan (27 March 1869))

      When we shop for insurance, we should try to find a company that expects to be in business for awhile, a company that cares about its reputation. That company will tend to avoid sneaky devices that would allow it to get out of paying off on a legitimate claim. Government’s role is to prevent fraud, not to run the insurance industry, health care, banking, pay for our houses, grow our food, make our clothes…..


      1. So you want them to run your health care?
        “They” are running health care over here. As they do in the rest of Western Europe, or Canada, or Australia. There are some roadbumps with universal healthcare, but all in all it’s fine.


        1. I am pleased to hear you think your nannies are doing a good job of taking care of you and a good job of making all your decisions for you. It is so remarkable when people with power they should not have actually do what they are suppose to do. It restores my faith in human nature, NOT!


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