Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

Health Issues

Few laws have expanded government’s role in our everyday lives like the Affordable Care Act. I oppose this law and voted to repeal, delay and defund it entirely. The President’s health care law needs to be replaced with reforms that use competition to lower health care costs and increase its quality. Doctors and patients, not Washington bureaucrats, should make health care and treatment decisions. I have sponsored and cosponsored several bills to help people hurt by the President’s health care law. I introduced legislation to ensure that no one could be fined for not purchasing insurance on an exchange website that doesn't work, to shield schools from the law’s mandates and penalties, and to protect small businesses from its taxes. I cosponsored and voted for the Keep Your Health Plan Act which will allow people to keep their health plans that were cancelled because they didn't comply with the law’s requirements. I have also cosponsored the American Health Care Reform Act, which seeks to solve our nation’s health care challenges through patient-centered, market-based reforms. I will continue working every day to make health care more affordable and fix problems in the health care system, both problems that pre-date the ACA and the many problems that were created by it.

More on Health Issues

Sep 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2016) — Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to ban additional synthetic drugs, including deadly fentanyl, will give law enforcement more tools to fight the drug abuse and overdose crisis plaguing Indiana, Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) said.

May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) went before the House Ways and Means Committee this week to advocate for teachers, faculty, and staff whose paychecks have been cut due to the Obamacare employer mandate.

The employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to either offer minimum essential coverage healthcare coverage or pay a penalty.  Unfortunately, this portion of the President’s health care law is costing cash-strapped school districts millions of dollars.

Apr 27, 2016

Zika Virus is “a bit scarier than we initially thought.”  That was the warning from a Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention spokesperson during a White House briefing this week.  It was a pretty unsettling update that made headlines across the country, and for good reason. The virus, which is typically spread by mosquitos, started to move quickly through Brazil last May.  Since then, thousands of people in dozens of countries have been infected by Zika, including residents of both Indiana and Ohio who contracted the virus overseas. 

Mar 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2016)—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced his team will hold “Constituent Services Workshops” in Greensburg, New Castle and Shelbyville over the next few months.  

These workshops are an opportunity for Sixth District residents to receive information and assistance with any Federal matter. Caseworkers will be on-site to help with Social Security, VA and Disability issues as well as to answer any other questions or concerns regarding government agencies. The list of confirmed “Constituent Services Workshops” is below:

Feb 2, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted to override the President’s veto of the bicameral budget bill that repeals Obamacare, defunds Planned Parenthood and saves tax payers $516 billion.

In December, the House and Senate both passed the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762).  The passage of this bill marked the first time both the House and Senate voted to defund both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.  On January 8, 2016, the President vetoed that bill.

Aug 14, 2015

Over the last month, the world awakened to a steady stream of videos showing top officials at Planned Parenthood haggling over the price of aborted baby organs and casually discussing how those organs are harvested. 

Jul 30, 2015

WASHINGTON—This week, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) questioned Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell about the impact the President’s health care law is having on Hoosier businesses. 

Jul 10, 2015

When asked in the early 1950s what they feared the most, Americans responded that the only thing they collectively feared more than polio was nuclear war.  It was an understandable fear considering a record 57,628 Americans in 48 states contracted the debilitating and oftentimes deadly disease in 1952 alone.  But, thanks to medical innovation and research, Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine in 1955.  Now, 60 years later, it’s hard to imagine the panic and fear that gripped our nation.  The threat of contracting polio, thankfully, is long in the rearview mirror for nearl

Jun 26, 2015

Congressman Messer discusses ways we can improve our health care system and provide greater access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans with CNN's Wolf Blizter 

Jun 25, 2015

WASHINGTON— Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in King v. Burwell:

“I’m disappointed in today’s ruling.  The Supreme Court has chosen to ignore what the law clearly says. Despite today’s decision, my focus will continue to be on the Hoosiers hurt by the President’s broken health care law.  I’m committed to championing solutions that empower patients and will make quality health care more accessible and affordable for everyone.”