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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Statement Following Health Care Listening Sessions in Florida

February 22, 2017
Press Release

Wesley Chapel, FL – U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement after his health care reform listening session in Wesley Chapel, Florida, the third public meeting he has held this month. Tonight's event ran for over two and a half hours as Bilirakis fielded questions and listened to constituents.

“I held a series of public listening sessions on health care because it is my duty as a representative to hear firsthand from my constituents, whether we agree or disagree on the issues. I will continue to seek common ground and constructive exchanges of ideas with the people of my district. That’s what democracy is all about,” said Bilirakis.

“But the Affordable Care Act in its current state is unsustainable and it’s only going to get worse—costs are going up, while choices and flexibility are dwindling. We need a health care system that is truly patient-focused, and I will use the input from my recent meetings to shape my work on the replacement legislation.”

In the House, Bilirakis serves on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where he has the unique opportunity to be the voice of Florida’s 12th District on major health care reform issues. He is the only Florida Republican currently serving on the committee. After his events in Palm Harbor and New Port Richey earlier this month, Bilirakis announced he cosponsored legislation to protect pre-existing conditions under the replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Click here to read more about the bill.