Last updated on: 8/20/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Darrell Issa Biography

Title:
United States Representative (R-CA)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“It’s a sad day for the American people. It’s a huge tax increase, a cut in senior benefits and absolutely nothing to change the spiraling costs of health care…

Certainly we need to make sure that all Americans have access to affordable health care. Affordable meaning drive down the costs of health care. Access being a combination of a federal and state understanding that you’re going to have to allow people into pools regardless of their age or pre-existing conditions but that’s not a disagreement among the American people, it’s not a disagreement among Members of Congress, the problem we have is without really attacking those underlying problems, we’ve simply created new bureaucracy and huge new taxes at a time when American can’t afford that.”

Press release, “It’s a Sad Day for the American People,” issa.house.gov, Mar. 21, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Representative (R-CA), Jan. 3, 2001-present
  • Ranking Member, United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
  • Member, United States House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Former Member, United States House Permanent Select Committee
  • Former Member, United States House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Former Member, United States House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Former Member, United States House Small Business Committee
  • Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Directed Electronics, 1978-2003
  • United States Army, 1970-1980
Education:
  • BA, Business Administration, Siena Heights College, 1976
Other:
  • Has an estimated net worth of $251 million, making him the wealthiest member of Congress
  • Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young, and The San Diego Union Tribune, 1994
  • Issa dropped out of high school at age 17
Quoted in:
  1. Would medical malpractice reform (tort reform) significantly reduce the cost of health care?
  2. Should the health care bill have overhauled medical malpractice?