February 8th, 2017

Editor: Over the past few weeks, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has come under fire by some well-intentioned but mistaken people, thanks to her support of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Comstock understands that there is nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act. Just last fall, the Obama administration admitted that health insurance premiums may rise by a quarter. With premiums continuing to skyrocket, isn’t it time for something new?

The unified Republican majority is steadfast in its commitment to repealing and replacing the harmful, failed piece of legislation that is Obamacare. This is not some half-cocked attempt to undermine President Obama’s legacy or health care in general, but a concerted and compassionate effort to actually improve care, as opposed to simply providing coverage regardless of the burden on taxpayers.

Barbara has shown herself willing to work with others in Congress to shape the replacement program and tailor it to the patient, giving better care and more choice. This relief is something that everyday families in Northern Virginia desperately need.

De-funding some of the worst parts of Obamacare in the budget last month was only the first step in moving to a patient-focused health care system that is actually more affordable, flexible, customizable and provides consumers with choice instead of a one-size-fits-all solution like Obamacare.

Millions of Americans across this country agree: The status quo offered by Obamacare isn’t working. We have a tremendous opportunity in Congress to replace an ineffective healthcare law and replace it with something that works for all Americans. We need a new approach, and I’m glad to see Barbara Comstock fighting on behalf of constituents like myself.

Clay Suskalo, Round Hill