Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall

GEORGIA's 7th DISTRICT

Woodall Statement Regarding Executive Action On Immigration

2014/11/21

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement with regard to President Obama’s plan of executive action on immigration policy.

“Unfortunately, President Obama has once again chosen to disregard the voice of the American people and bypass Congress,” said Rep. Woodall.  “Rather than partner with America’s elected representatives, he has decided to double-down on a unilateral approach that is not only unconstitutional, but does absolutely nothing to improve our immigration system for the millions of individuals going about the process the right way.   The American people are weary of Executive overreach, and our entire nation loses when the constitutional process is abandoned for the sake of political expediency.” 

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

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Woodall Statement On House Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline Authorization

2014/11/14

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement with regard to his support for the U.S. House’s authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“At a time when energy costs and economic growth are top priorities for the American people, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is long overdue,” said Rep. Woodall.  “The House has voted repeatedly to authorize this project, and I was proud to support it once again.  As has often been the case in recent history, we must now wait on the Senate to take action, but it is my hope that they will quickly partner with us on this important issue.” 

“President Obama has often spoken of the need to create jobs and make energy affordable, but his policies and opposition to this project have had the opposite effect.  For far too long, we have seen political agendas stand in the way of what is good for the economy – and what’s good for consumers.  The American people have grown weary of rhetoric, and they sent a clear message on Election Day that they are demanding results.  This is one opportunity for Washington to provide them.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

 

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Bipartisan bill to scrap unnecessary federal reports heads to President Obama

2014/11/13

Congress forwarded a bill to President Obama this week that would eliminate 53 outdated, little-used and redundant reports that federal employees spend massive amounts of time to each year to complete. Read More

Georgia reaction on VA reforms

2014/11/12


GOP Weighs How to Flex New Muscle

2014/11/10

Lawmakers assembling this week for the first time since the GOP’s decisive midterm-election wins face their latest, looming budget challenge: keeping the government running after its funding expires in mid-December. Read More

Woodall visits Gwinnett electronics manufacturers

2014/11/07

During a recent tour of Hunter Technology in Lawrenceville and Viscom in Duluth, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) emphasized the importance of manufacturing in the Seventh District. Read More

Congressional race pits ‘believer’ versus ‘patriot’

2014/10/27

The two candidates for the 7th Congressional District may come from different points on the political spectrum, but both share an unmistakable passion for their country and the district. That passion is evidenced by the candidates’ choice of descriptors. Read More

Lawrenceville charity appeals to Woodall for fundraising help, ACA reforms

2014/10/22

LAWRENCEVILLE — Administration at Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett had two reasons for meeting with U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall on Tuesday. Read More

HealthCare.gov Still Suffers From Lack of Transparency

2014/10/07

The new chief executive of HealthCare.gov, Kevin Counihan, is setting expectations really high for the website’s performance during its second year of open enrollment, set to begin in mid-November. In an interview with Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News, Mr. Counihan said his goal was to create a consumer experience so satisfying that it would result in “raving fans” for the insurance shopping site

But here’s one big hurdle: The site still won’t have any tools to allow consumers to see which doctors and hospitals are covered by individual insurance plans. Mr. Counihan told Mr. Wayne that HealthCare.gov would not change to allow consumers to comparison shop on insurance plan networks.

Plans that limit patients’ choices of doctors and hospitals have turned out to be the signature product of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. That may be a welcome development for cost-conscious consumers, but only if they know what they’re buying.

The proliferation of these plans is not a surprise. As we’ve written before, the combination of new regulations and insurers’ desire to keep prices low have made the plans, known as narrow networks, an attractive option for insurers seeking to offer affordable choices.

And evidence shows that a narrow network does not necessarily mean a bad plan. A recent study of narrow plans offered to Massachusetts state employees found that people who chose the narrow plans spent less money and seemed to have equally good health care, compared with their counterparts in more traditional plans.

But the researchers behind that study said they thought a key to the program’s success was that the employees understood the trade-offs and knowingly chose a plan with a lower premium and fewer doctors.

That may not always be the case in the federal marketplaces, where there’s no easy way to compare the doctors and hospitals that are covered by plans without researching each one individually — by calling the companies or searching on their websites. Even the dedicated shopper willing to do that extra work may find it frustrating. Insurers may offer different networks for different products, which is not always clear. The lists of hospitals and doctors are also often out of date. Journalists at The Los Angeles Times recently constructed an interactive website to allow California consumers to see which plans cover their doctors. Shoppers in other states will not be so lucky.

This year, many people appear to have signed up for narrow plans unwittingly. A survey from the health research group the Commonwealth Fund found that about 25 percent of people with new exchange plans didn’t even know whether they’d bought a narrow network plan. So far, overall satisfaction seems relatively high, though most people are still fairly new to their plans. There are consumers in some states who are suing over their inability to get the care they need.

Stories like those recently chronicled by my colleague Elisabeth Rosenthal, of patients surprised to learn after the fact that they had been treated by out-of-network doctors, seem likely to proliferate if poor transparency about networks prevails.

Given HealthCare.gov’s difficulties with basic functions last year, it’s understandable that the government is focusing on core tasks, rather than adding new tools. But the continued challenges consumers will face comparing networks could undermine a key underpinning of the marketplaces — that people should be able to shop for insurance products the way they do for airline tickets or electronics, comparing prices and features in order to select the plan that’s right for them. Who will rave about a market without transparency?

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House caucus rules could change for next Congress

2014/10/06

WASHINGTON - Nearly two decades after House Speaker Newt Gingrich terminated bank accounts for congressional caucuses and ordered them to vacate their Capitol Hill offices, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is aiming to amend House rules governing the member organizations. Read More

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Rob Woodall serves the 7th district of GA in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the House Committee on Rules, the House Budget Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Rob also serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Budget and Spending Task Force.

Rob was born and raised in Georgia, graduated from Marist School in 1988, attended Furman University for his undergraduate degree and received his law degree from the University of Georgia

Rob first came to public service as a staffer for then Congressman John Linder serving as his Chief of Staff and was elected to Congress in 2010.

Rob’s political philosophy is guided by the principles of freedom, and his proudest accomplishment is helping Seventh District families one at a time through casework and creating a Congressional office that functions for the people.


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