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Thornberry Talks

Congressman Mac Thornberrry was in Wichita Falls on Thursday.  Newschannel 6 had the opportunity to sit down with him to talk about some key issues.

First, he said Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act again.

“No question it passes in the House,” he said.

However, he said he doesn't know what could happen in the Senate. 

“One factor to keep in mine is that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major Obama Care case and it will be decided in June.

He said depending on how the case goes, it could change how they approach it.

“We're going to be persistent because it's hurting the country,” Representative Thornberry said.

He said just because they will repeal the ACA doesn't mean that we should go back to the way it was. 

“There are improvements that need to be made in healthcare,” he said.

Congressman Thornberry said even though he is in favor of repealing all of it, if they can't, they will do it in pieces.

He said, “Not only do you have a better chance of getting things passed, but there's a better chance of understanding what you're doing.”

If they repealed it in chunks, he said one of the bills could focus on the quality of health.

Rep. Thornberry said, “Maybe have a bill just dealing with health insurance.”

However, he said he is not sure which part of the ACA, they would try to appeal first.  He explained it would depend on the circumstances.

Congressman Thornberry said there are a number of issues with the way healthcare is now.

“I think that the idea that there should be a one size fits all for health insurance is just wrong,” he said.

He said another issue it that the ACA has destroyed the relationship between doctors and patients.

“I talked with a physician who decided to retire,” Congressman Thornberry said, “Part of the reason was because of Obama Care.”

He said another problem is the cost.  He explained even employers have been dropping health insurance because the price is too high.

“We still haven't even fully had Obama Care implemented yet,” he said.

This is another reason why he believes it's even more important that they act now.

“I think the longer it goes on, the more damage it does to health care in this country,” Congressman Thornberry said.

Congressman Thornberry also talked about how plummeting gas prices has prompted some Texas companies to lay off employees.  He said the layoffs are a concern, but there are things the Federal government can do to help curb job losses.

“Earlier this week the House passed a bill to make it easier to export liquefied natural gas,” he said.

He said they will consider a bill later this year to allow oil exports from the United States, which are currently not possible.

“Bottom line is the price of oil is a global commodity, so part of this depends on what happens around the world and what other producers decide to do,” Congressman Thornberry said.

He said the government should do whatever it takes to make it easier for energy producers to have good markets so new jobs can be created.  However, he said everyone has to understand that as the price of gas goes up and down, so will jobs.

Newschannel 6 also talked with Congressman Thornberry since he is now one of the most powerful members of congress.  He was appointed as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee earlier this month.  He is the first Texan to hold this position.

He said he wouldn't be in this position without Texomans votes.  He said he doesn't want to let anyone down, especially the men and women who serve our country.

He said the biggest difference is having the ability to shape the agenda.

“I decide what the topic of the hearings are and help not only to write legislation, but to inform our colleagues in congress and the public about some of these challenges that we face in today's world,” he said.

Congressman Thornberry said there are two key goals he hopes to accomplish.

“Agility.  We face so many different kinds of threats.  We've got to be able to move from one to the next very quickly.

He said they also need to be able to get technology quickly because right now it's too slow.

The other goal is to have a strong military.  He said he agrees with the former British Prime minister who said the United States can't worry about whether people like us or not.

“What the world needs if for America to be strong,” he said.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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