On Wednesday, August 13, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott visited the city of Centerville -- approximately thirty miles south of Macon-- and spoke at a local pharmacy in an effort to bring attention to the issue of Medicaid cuts and how he believes that those cuts are putting some small pharmacies out of business.
Current regulations prohibit Medicaid payments to pharmacies that are not affiliated with large pharmaceutical corporations.
However, the conversation eventually moved to Scott's opposition to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Scott has been a staunch opponent and has been part of the conservative majority in the House of Representatives who has attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act at least fifty times over the past four years.
In April, President Obama announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage courtesy of the Affordable Care Act. The President also stated that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.
The Republican-led House approved a resolution in late July authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at the expense of Congress and the Constitution.
The vote was 225-201.
Scott was one of the Georgia Republicans in Congress who support the resolution to sue President.
Republicans argue Obama's executive orders in a number of areas were unlawful because it's the job of Congress to make or change laws. But they believe his handling of the Affordable Care act gives them the best chance at proving their case, and are basing the suit on that issue.
The President has a right to issue executive orders, but Republicans such as Scott have attempted to obstruct just about everything during Obama's tenure in office.
Obama has issued only twenty executive orders in 2013 (the lowest single-year total in more than a century), that same year he issued 41 presidential memoranda to the heads of departments and agencies, along with nine additional presidential “determinations” designed to serve as the basis for bureaucratic behavior.
Scott told WMAZ-TV:
"Our position in the House is that we are going to pursue the lawsuit against the President for selective enforcement of the laws, which we do not believe he has the authority to do," he explains.
Scott says the House is prepared to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court and hopes the High Court will uphold all of the laws, not just some.
Scott currently represents the Eight Congressional District which consists of two dozen counties in Central and South Georgia which include cities such as Warner Robins, Valdosta, Thomasville, Tifton and parts of Macon.