Rep. Graves Votes To "Keep Federal Bureaucrats From Making Decisions About Americans' Medical Care"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.-09) issued the following statement after voting in favor of HR 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare Act, which cancels part of "Obamacare."  It repeals the part of the health care law which establishes a powerful board of unelected bureaucrats called the “Independent Payment Advisory Board”, whose sole job will be to rein in the unsustainable costs of Medicare, not through responsible restructuring, but by rationing health care. IPAB is required to achieve specified savings in years where Medicare spending is deemed “too high,” according to "Obamacare."

“Today’s vote is another positive step by House Republicans towards canceling the entire Obamacare law. The creation of this board of unelected bureaucrats is yet another tentacle of the Obama Administration digging its way into the doctors-patient relationship.  As Obamacare is written, IPAB would be above the law:  It can’t be held accountable.  Its decisions cannot be challenged in court.  It cannot be challenged by the elected lawmakers in Congress.  Quite simply, it is the very worst kind of government intervention into the private lives of Americans.

“So far, all of the Democrats’ promises about Obamacare have fallen flat.  They promised this law would create jobs.  It didn’t.  President Obama promised Americans his law would lower premiums.  The Congressional Budget Office said last week that Obamacare’s mandates will force premiums to rise by $2,100 per family.   The President said his health care law would ‘bend the cost curve.’  The CBO estimates Obamacare will cost taxpayers twice as much as originally ‘promised.’  Obamacare is yet more government Americans simply cannot afford.”


Morning Pointe Residents Make Musical Memories At Creekside

Creekside at Shallowford Independent Living invited Program Director Dawn Dunn and residents from The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Collegedale for a piano concert and sing along.  Voices of both community's residents were raised as they joined in on familiar hymns, patriotic tunes, jazz and spiritual collections, and classical numbers. (click for more)

Prescription Drug Abuse Tops Alcohol Abuse In Tennessee

Abuse of prescription opioids, ie: pain medications, is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services. Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like: hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone have increased 500 percent. The situation has driven admissions to treatment facilities up, ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)