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Medicaid block grants give states more freedom

March 21, 2017
Editorials
by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Opinion Contributor

When I ran for Congress in 2014, I ran on a simple platform of less hassle, more freedom. In the two years I have served as the representative from the Fourth District of Arkansas, I have fought to make that platform a way of life back home and across the country.

When leaders in the Republican Party introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), I was not sold on the legislation. While it took important steps to repeal and replace ObamaCare, it did not do enough to give individuals and the states in which they live the freedom to do healthcare in a way that works locally instead of depending on mandates from Washington, D.C.

As the legislation worked its way through Congress, I have been working behind the scenes to ensure conservative policies and principles were included in the AHCA.

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