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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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More than six years after the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare—was forced into law on a party line vote, it is clear that this law is not able to live up to its most basic promises. Instead, Obamacare is resulting in higher premiums, dropped coverage, and a weaker economy.

For me, the health care debate is all too familiar—a similar program, called TennCare, failed in Tennessee less than 20 years ago.  Initial cost estimates for TennCare were low, but for 10 years we watched our Medicaid program’s cost grow unsustainably to the point of nearly bankrupting our state.

As a registered nurse for more than 40 years, I recognize the need to address problems in our health care system. But rather than a top-down federal rewrite of one-sixth of our economy, we need to expand access and work to lower costs with a more patient-centered, market-based approach.

I was proud to author the first billed signed into law by President Obama that successfully repealed a healthcare provision of Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion, and I have continued voting to defund and repeal this law in full. I am additionally a proud supporter of House Republicans’ “Better Way” blueprint for health care, which offers an alternative vision to Obamacare and uses conservative principles to enact meaningful reform. Our plan spurs competition by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, enacts common-sense medical malpractice reform, and protects individuals with preexisting conditions. You can read more about the plan here.

While the debate over Obamacare is oftentimes polarizing, there are other areas of health policy in which I believe we can find broad, bipartisan consensus. For example, I supported a series of House-passed bills to combat the nationwide opioid addiction crisis, authored bipartisan legislation to expand access to telemedicine, and have joined with Republicans and Democrats alike as a co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus, which seeks to give a voice to family caregivers and offer solutions to help Americans find the health care solutions for aging loved ones that best suit their family’s needs.

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June 7, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined with Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) praising the leaked Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that would exempt employers from providing contraceptive coverage for employees on the basis of moral or religious objection.
February 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 45 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 1130, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017, alongside Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) and 13 other cosponsors, including every member of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation.

October 14, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded to reports that Vanderbilt University would be out of network on all insurance plans available through Tennessee’s Obamacare marketplace in 2017. Black released the following statement:


September 26, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded today to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s decision to exit the Obamacare marketplaces in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville next year. Black released the following statement:

April 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement on UnitedHealthcare’s decision not to offer health coverage in Tennessee via the federal healthcare marketplace in 2017:

February 24, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded to the newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the Obama Administration’s “passive approach to identifying and preventing fraud” in implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

February 23, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded to the newly released Office of Inspector General’s report on the early failings of Healthcare.gov. Black released the following statement:

February 2, 2016 Press Release


To watch Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor earlier today, click HERE or the image above

February 2, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 4428, the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2016. The bill would establish a national minimum Area Wage Index (AWI) of 0.874 for Medicare reimbursement of both inpatient and outpatient services, in turn correcting a flawed formula that results in disproportionately low reimbursement payments to rural hospitals like those in Tennessee.