Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Health Issues

The quality of health care in the United States is second to none.  However, rising costs and access to care are serious problems that must be addressed.

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is a job-killer, a health-care disaster, and an assault on liberty. I will fight to repeal and replace ObamaCare with free-market reforms that empower patients and doctors to make health-care decisions.

ObamaCare must be repealed before it does more harm to our economy and health-care system. ObamaCare increases taxes on families and businesses by more than $500 billion and explodes the debt by trillions of dollars. As bad, ObamaCare injects federal bureaucrats into the decisions of patients and doctors. And ObamaCare will ration and or even deny care for seniors on Medicare. ObamaCare also unconstitutionally obligates every American, for the first time ever, to buy the good or service of a private company. ObamaCare must be repealed entirely. If that does not happen, it must be repealed piece-by-piece. And if that fails, it must be defunded.

I will fight not only to repeal ObamaCare, but also to replace it with patient-centered reforms that provide access to high-quality, affordable health care. I will work to ensure that every American receives the same health-care tax treatment regardless of how or where they receive their care. Businesses should not be discouraged from maintaining their current insurance plans, and small businesses should be allowed to pool together to provide insurance for their employees. Also, individuals should be encouraged to create health-savings accounts to provide for their own care. I will work to ensure businesses and individuals can purchase insurance across state lines. I will also help states to reform the medical-malpractice system to protect our doctors and serve our patients.

More on Health Issues

Apr 17, 2014
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Fountain Lake High School Visit 
Monday, I visited 9th grade students at Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs to talk about the Financial Literacy Month and the importance of developing responsible financial habits. We had a great discussion about both personal finance and the finances of our government, specifically Washington’s out-of-control spending and our record-high national debt. Click here to read more about my visit. 

Apr 4, 2014
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House Financial Services Committee 

Mar 7, 2014
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House Foreign Affairs Committee 
Wednesday, I attended a House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee Hearing on threats to Israel. Specifically, it focused on terrorist funding and trade boycotts against Israel. Click here to watch the archived webcast of the hearing.

Feb 28, 2014
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Jan 24, 2014
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Magnolia Healthcare Town Hall 
Last week, I held a healthcare town hall in Magnolia to discuss the impact of Obamacare on Arkansans. Thank you to everyone who attended! I appreciated the opportunity to provide you with a legislative update and hear your questions and concerns about Obamacare. Please continue to check my events page for information about future town halls in your area.
Coffee with your Congressman in Dardanelle
Jan 10, 2014
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Second Session
This week, the House reconvened and officially began the second session of the 113th Congress. 
No Bailouts for Insurance Companies Act
Jan 10, 2014
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Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 225-3772


Cotton Statement on the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014

Jan 6, 2014
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Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772

Cotton Co-Sponsors the No Bailouts for Insurance Companies Act

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) recently co-sponsored H.R. 3541 the No Bailouts for Insurance Companies Act, legislation that prevents taxpayer bailouts of insurance companies by ending Obamacare’s risk corridor program. 

Dec 11, 2013
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Yesterday, I joined 33 of my colleagues—including Congressmen Griffin, Crawford, and Womack—in sending a letter to President Obama asking for the opportunity to discuss healthcare alternatives. It’s no secret the Obamacare rollout has been a disaster. But it’s more than just problems with a website, this entire law is unworkable.

Dec 6, 2013
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150th Anniversary of the U.S. Capitol Dome

Monday marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Capitol Dome. Click here to watch a great 60 Minutes segment about the Dome’s architecture, construction, and history. Also, if you are planning a visit to DC, please contact my office  for a staff-led tour of the U.S. Capitol and tickets to visit the gallery.