Health Care

Individual Americans and their doctors should determine which health care options best meet an individual's needs, not federal bureaucrats and politicians. It is clear that under our current health care laws with Obamacare in place costs are skyrocketing and reducing access to quality care. In Alabama, there is only one option for health insurance because of this law.

I am staunchly opposed to Obamacare and all of its regulations. Throughout my time in Congress, I have voted consistently to repeal, replace, dismantle, or defund this law.

The American people are ill-served by a one-size-fits-all health care system that imposes numerous mandates, regulations, and tax hikes. As Obamacare has been implemented, many from Alabama and throughout the country have shared their stories of insurance policy cancellations, skyrocketing premiums or co-pays, and new limitations on what physicians they can see. There's no question that America's health care system is in need of reforms.

I favor replacing Obamacare with a patient-centered system that is not run by the government that can lower costs and increase choices through more competition and fewer mandates.

I am focused on finding solutions that will be focused on returning freedom to health care decision-making in America by unleashing the power of the private sector to reduce costs, increase choices, and return health care decisions back to where they belong—with doctors and patients. 

More on Health Care

October 23, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Saturday, October 24, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to address this critical health issue. This annual initiative provides Americans an opportunity to responsibly dispose of unused prescription drugs while also raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. Over 23 million pounds of medications have been effectively collected across the nation since the first Take Back Day in 2010.
April 24, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As we approach the end of the month, the current directives and public health orders established to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will begin to change in some form. We must continue to follow all the regulations that are put in place. These orders prioritize the health and safety of all Alabamians and are an imperative part of the process in allowing us to return to more normal day-to-day routines and activities. Governor Kay Ivey implemented a statewide stay-at-home order earlier this month that is set to expire on Thursday, April 30. Please make sure you are knowledgeable about what these stay-at-home guidelines entail, as well as the social distancing guidelines issued by the Administration.
April 17, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to sweep across the state of Alabama and the nation, there are several inspiring stories of Alabamians coming together to support those in need. Whether it be sewing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals, delivering meals to the pandemic’s frontline workers, or making donations to those affected by COVID-19, the people of Alabama have certainly demonstrated a genuine care and concern for their neighbors.
April 3, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The state of Alabama late this week surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and the United States exceeded 265,000 cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases globally on Friday officially passed 1 million. It is evident that the virus is continuing to accelerate across our state and local communities. During these uncertain times, it is imperative that leaders on all levels make each decision with the well-being of all Americans at the forefront of those choices. It is equally as important that our citizens heed the advice of government officials. As our nation continues to work toward combatting this unprecedented pandemic, the health and safety of our people is a top priority now more than ever.
March 27, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As communities across the state and country continue to provide assistance, it was imperative that Congress did its part to provide aid to Americans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The House on Friday passed the CARES Act following the Senate’s passage of the bill on Wednesday night. This legislation brings immediate assistance to American healthcare workers, small businesses, industries, and families. The bill includes up to $1,200 per person, $2,400 per couple, and $500 per child in direct payments to qualified individuals, grants and loans to small businesses in assistance to meet payroll, rent, and other business expenses, and provides resources, materials, and medical supplies to hospitals and healthcare providers. The CARES Act also boosts unemployment insurance benefits and expands eligibility. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the state of Alabama is estimated to receive $1.9 billion to combat COVID-19. Congress has acted on behalf of the American people, and these resources will help with our recovery as we fight this virus and maintain our economic strength as a nation.
March 20, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak has created a sense of uncertainty for many Americans during these unprecedented times. Although we are in the midst of an unfamiliar global pandemic, there is a sense of unity that is present. Over the past week, Americans have joined together to follow instruction and guidance given by local, state, and national leaders in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Our nation’s leaders and healthcare professionals are dedicating all their efforts to keeping the American people informed and as safe as possible. As I have stated before, I feel it is my responsibility as your representative in Congress to keep all of my constituents updated on the latest news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 13, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As our country moves forward with addressing the challenges associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is incumbent upon my office to provide the people of Alabama’s Second Congressional District with the most recent information surrounding COVID-19. Government agencies at the state and federal levels are working hard to ensure Americans are receiving this information. As there are many outlets to turn toward, it can become somewhat overwhelming when determining what advice to take in. As your Representative in the U.S. Congress, I feel it is my responsibility to keep you up-to-date with this ongoing situation. I have compiled below helpful information and resources for anyone with questions or concerns on COVID-19.
February 7, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The flu virus is one that comes to our attention each year, and it’s no secret that we all try to avoid catching it. Unfortunately, it is such a common sickness that many people do not realize how dangerous the flu virus really is. During the 2018-2019 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that up to 42.9 million Americans got sick, 647,000 were hospitalized, and 61,200 people died as a result. These statistics are devastatingly high, and they have a direct effect on the people of Alabama.
January 10, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Human trafficking can take many forms, and it is hard to know the full scale of its impact. Even though it is a larger issue that is faced no matter the country you live in, there are ways in which we can take responsibility to tackle trafficking head on. It is crucial to be aware of what is going on around you in your community. If at any point you have information on a potential trafficking case or believe you have witnessed something questionable, act fast and immediately contact the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation at (334) 242-1142 or visit their website to file a report at https://www.alea.gov/sbi.
November 1, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As an elected official, I believe that we must do all we can to help bring attention and awareness to this serious problem. I also believe it is our duty as leaders to educate the public on the proper resources that are available to help fight this battle, both on state and national levels.