U.S. Rep Broun coming to Covington

COVINGTON — Congressman Paul Broun, a Republican from Athens, will visit Covington on Wednesday as part of a 25-county bus tour.

Broun is launching his re-election campaign and is running for the re-drawn 10th Congressional District. Broun will travel the district by bus Monday through Friday, stopping in downtown Covington at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Newton County GOP Headquarters, next to Square Perk Café, at 1107 Church St.

Broun will make a speech and will be available for questions and feedback from the crowd, said his spokeswoman, Jessica Morris.

“He really wants to take this opportunity to rally and just talk to people, to hear what’s on their minds and get ideas and be able to take those back to Washington,” she said.

Broun was elected in July 2007 to serve the 10th District of Georgia. Since his arrival in Congress, he has been appointed to the House Homeland Security Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and currently serves as chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, according to his website.

Broun is a medical doctor who has proposed alternative health care legislation that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; allow individuals to deduct 100 percent of their health care expenses, including insurance; increase contribution limits and reform Health Savings Accounts; move Medicare to a more flexible premium assistance program; expand choice and competition by allowing consumers to shop for health insurance across state lines; and make it easier for groups to create association health plans that would allow businesses, individuals and other entities to band together to increase availability and negotiate lower costs for their employees or members.

Broun was recently named a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” by the Healthcare Leadership Council.