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ObamaCare must be repealed before it does more harm to our economy and health-care system.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 ObamaCare must be repealed entirely. If that does not happen, it must be repealed piece-by-piece.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

Oct 3, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772

Arkansas Congressional Delegation Urges President Obama to Implement Additional Safeguards to Stop the Spread of Ebola

Oct 3, 2014 Cotton Blog

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a case of the Ebola virus in an individual who recently traveled to the United States from Africa. While I am confident there is no country better equipped to stop the spread of Ebola, we must be vigilant in protecting ourselves. But as more details emerge, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the way this situation has been handled. First, Mr.

Sep 23, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772

Arkansas Congressional Delegation Requests Expected Health Insurance Rates

Jul 18, 2014 Cotton Blog

House Foreign Affairs Committee

May 16, 2014 Cotton Blog

When Obamacare was passed into law 3 years ago, President Obama promised, among many other things, that this law would "bend the cost curve down", leading to lower healthcare spending in the years ahead. Unfortunately, it seems we have another thing to add to the list of broken Obamacare promises. A recent report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis indicated that healthcare spending grew by 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 alone.

Apr 17, 2014 Cotton Blog

Fountain Lake High School Visit 
Monday, I visited 9th grade students at Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs to talk about 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 Cotton Blog

House Financial Services Committee 

Apr 2, 2014 Event

Congressman Cotton will hold a town hall meeting in Waldron on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM. This town hall will address questions related to Obamacare and its impact on current healthcare.

To submit a question in advance of the town hall, please email


Mar 7, 2014 Cotton Blog

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 Cotton Blog