Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: What's Next for Healthcare Reform?

Ready For Another Repeal Vote: Where We Go Now With the Affordable Care Act

We just wrapped up a very busy week in Washington, and I want to tell you about some important developments.

As you know, the United States Supreme Court delivered its decision on the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning. I was disappointed that the justices didn’t strike down this misguided law.  Click here to read my full statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

I cast one of my very first votes in the House to repeal it. Now, I am prepared to vote that way yet again when another repeal bill is brought up in two weeks.

After the decision was announced, I reached out to those in the front lines of healthcare in the Granite State. On Friday morning I held a conference call with doctors, nurses, hospital officials and other people in the healthcare field to get their input.

While the Supreme Court has settled the issue of the law’s constitutionality, this fact remains: a bad law leads to bad policy. The Affordable Care Act fails in its core mission: it doesn’t produce patient-centered reform. Instead, it expands Washington’s role and inserts the federal government into your relationship with your family doctor. It is also harmful for our fragile economy, because it triggers the largest tax increases in American history. That’s harmful to small businesses and will keep job creators on the sidelines.

I will be sharing more with you about this law in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please know I remain opposed to the law and will work with Granite State healthcare professionals to right this wrong.

House Votes to Prevent Student Loan Rate Increase

Good news for college students and their parents in the Granite State. Friday afternoon the House approved H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Act of 2012 and accompanying Conference Report

The Conference Report contains a provision preventing the interest rate on new Stafford Loans from going up on July 1. They had been scheduled to jump from the current 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The rate freeze would last for one year until July 1, 2013.

Click here to read details about this important bill. Its passage shows what we can accomplish when both parties and both chambers work together for the common good.

A Win for Granite Staters: House Approves Transportation Bill

Granite Staters scored a win Friday afternoon when the House approved H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Act of 2012 and accompanying Conference Report. I proudly voted for this important job-creating measure, which passed with broad, bipartisan support. There are lots of good things in this bill to tell you about.

It funds transportation projects for more than two years, providing certainty to job creators, construction companies, and state and local governments. That clears the way for the creation of many new, middle-class jobs and prevents delays on existing transportation projects. I’m especially appreciative that the Conference Report contains two provisions I authored which enjoy much bipartisan support.  The first encourages the use of 3-dimensional technology to make project designs quicker and more affordable, and another combating fraud in the trucking industry.

Click here to read details about this important bill.

High Schoolers on the Hill: Welcoming Visitors from Bedford

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet two high school students from Bedford, New Hampshire Thursday morning. Allison Murphy and Megan Jurnak were in Washington to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference. It brings together high school students from around the country to give them a better understanding of their civic duties and the responsibilities that come with being a leader. The group holds a mock Congress and produces legislation to fully comprehend how floor procedures work. It was a pleasure hearing about their experience here in Washington. I wish Allyson and Megan the best of luck in their future studies.

Have a Safe, Happy Fourth of July!

Many Granite Staters will be off work next Wednesday as we celebrate America’s 236th birthday. There will be picnics and parades, fireworks and fun. Please keep safety in mind as you celebrate with your family and friends.

I also urge you to take a moment and remember the many people whose work on a holiday makes it possible for the rest of us to enjoy a day off: law enforcement officers and firefighters, hospital doctors, nurses and staff, and especially the men and women in our Armed Forces. My thanks to all of them for their dedicated service.

Happy birthday, America!