Rep. Bilirakis “We need to get healthcare reform right this time.”

Congressman Bilirakis wants to protect those patients with preexisting conditions

In a candid conversation with Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL- 12) on my latest edition of The Politically Incorrect Podcast, he told me that he wants the House to take their time on repealing and replacing Obamacare. He wants to see if there can be bi-partisan support for crafting a bill that will “get healthcare done right this time.”

He has was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives

He like many of his fellow Republicans campaigned on Repealing and Replacing Obamacare. It was clear in our conversation that he wanted the issue of healthcare reform not too be rushed but to go through all of the proper committees to make it as well crafted and as an inclusive a law as possible.

He wants quality healthcare for the people he represents in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties where he has taken the time to hold three town hall meeting and he listened to everyone who wanted to ask a question.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, it was recently announced he has co-sponsored legislation to ensure people with pre-existing conditions have access to the health care of their choosing. Within the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, The Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act prohibits insurers from denying access, limiting coverage, or raising premiums because someone is sick.

UNITED STATES – MAY 8: Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., speaks during a briefing in Cannon Building by the American Humane Association on it’s study titled “Canines and Childhood Cancer,” which examined the effects of therapy animals in pediatric cancer patients. (Photo By AP

“I heard a clear message from my constituents at recent town halls: people with pre-existing conditions need the peace of mind of knowing that they can get–and keep–health care,” said Bilirakis. “At events in Palm Harbor and New Port Richey, I listened to folks share personal stories about themselves and loved ones who were denied access to coverage because of a chronic illness. I made a promise to gather input from the people of Florida’s 12th District about the future of our nation’s health care, and I am keeping that promise with this legislation. We will protect those with pre-existing conditions and put in place a health care system that works for everybody.”

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