Capito to keynote weekly GOP address

WASHINGTON – A West Virginia congressman will deliver the Weekly Republican Address today.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election, will discuss the Affordable Care Act and relief for everyone rather than big business. The Republican Party controls the House of Represesentatives and has numerous times passed legislation to unfund or repeal the health reform which they deride as ObamaCare.

“Families in West Virginia and across the country continue to lose under President Obama’s health care law,” Capito said. “At a time when families are bracing for skyrocketing premiums, the president has decided to give businesses a free pass for a year and leave everyday Americans out in the cold. That isn’t fair to the hardworking Americans who are just trying to get by and put food on the table.”

Capito has been elected to the house seven times.

Also, Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said a report from the Department of Health and Human Services threaten hundreds of Critical Access Hospitals across the nation if its findings are implemented. A Critical Access Hospital has no more than 25 inpatient beds; maintains an annual average length of stay of no more than 96 hours; offers 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency care; and is located in a rural area, at least 35 miles drive away from any other hospital, he said.

West Virginia has 19 such hospitals, four in this region in the 1st and 2nd congressional districts.

“If someone living in a rural area has a heart attack, the first hour is critical to their survival. If a hospital is too far away, the results could be devastating,” he said. “People in rural areas depend on Critical Access Hospitals.”

McKinley is organizing representatives to send a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelious to reconsider the report.

“This is just another example of unelected bureaucrats in Washington making decisions that will hurt rural America without understanding the consequences,” McKinley said. “They should go to places like Kingwood and Phillipi to fully understand how their decisions hurt seniors and families in rural areas.”