Congressman Marsha Blackburn – Tennessee State Veterans Home – American Health Care Choice Act
|This Week in the District|
Fellow Americans –
This week I was glad to see so many of you at community meetings across the district. We started our week in Clarksville with a Veterans Workshop on Monday as well as a visit to the new Tennessee State Veterans Home and celebrated the 10 years of work we all put into making that happen. We received a lot of feedback on my VA Choice program that has expanded access to care for our veterans. While many of our vets who are enrolled have told me they like it, we are continuing to work on a couple of glitches and expand the program even further so that veterans can use their military card as an insurance card and go to any provider of their choice. Also, while in Clarksville I visited with West Creek High School students to answer questions about my work in Washington and reminded them about our upcoming Art Competition and Leadership Forum.
The subject of healthcare came up in all of our meetings People are fed up with the high prices of insurance caused by Obamacare and I am right there with them. While talking to constituents in the healthcare industry at our healthcare town hall in Bolivar and few of my other stops, we discussed the need to open up the marketplace and one way to do that is through my American Health Care Choice Act which would allow Americans to purchase healthcare insurance across state lines. Our employers have expressed concern on the cost of affordable care and we agree with you that continuing this fight to end Obamacare is worth the time.
Traveling through our rural communities, a dominant topic of discussion was the need for broadband. As our world becomes increasingly high-tech, it is vital for our communities to have reliable internet access to meet public safety needs, deliver top-notch education, and grow businesses that can employ workers locally. Henderson, Tennessee in Chester County is a testament to the good things that can come out of local, private investment in broadband. I encourage you to read about it here. Even in Clarksville, we saw the power of how local businesses can grow simply by getting online at our Google workshop. The turnout of small businesses there was amazing.
While in Selmer, I visited the McNairy County Development Center which provides mentally handicapped adults training in independent living skills. It was wonderful to see the love each employee pours into the program. It is reflected in the progress of the adults they care for.
In Savannah we stopped by Good To Go Gourmet to meet with the new Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and other business leaders for a roundtable discussion of current affairs on the national scene, including my work as Chairman of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.
We ended the week with our Academy Nomination Award Ceremony to recognize all the outstanding students in our district who have been nominated for a Service Academy. Each of them have an admirable desire to serve our country and we wish them the best during the appointment process.
Have a great weekend,
PS – While out and about yesterday we had the opportunity to “take over” the House Republican Conference’s Snapchat account. Here is the video in case you missed it. Be sure to follow me on my own account for more: marshablackburn.