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This St. Patrick’s Day was our lucky day! As the American Health Care Act advances through its third committee and moves one step closer to the House floor, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price joined us today on Capitol Hill.
As Congress works together to pass the bill, Secretary Price was here to mark the progress we’re making in our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. We are nearly finished with phase one (reconciliation) of a three-phase process, and he will play a key role in phase two, reining in regulations to lower costs and increase choices in health care.
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
“Each step in our legislative process, and each productive conversation, brings us closer to affordable and accessible care — just as we promised. And as the representatives standing here today keep moving forward on this first phase, we’re seeing a lot of support across the country, too.”
HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.
“This plan is in three phases — the reconciliation bill, the kinds of things we’re able to do at the Department, and then more legislation — is an overall plan that makes it so we can move in an overall direction of patient-centered health care where patients and doctors are making medical decisions, not the federal government.”
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
“When I was in high school, my dad lost his job and his employer-provided health care, so I lost my health care. I understand how traumatic that can be. …Our constituents deserve better [than Obamacare] and this is the first phase…of several phases that will lower costs, increase access to care, and give people the freedom and flexibility they deserve and, quite frankly, that they don’t have today.”
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
“[The American Health Care Act] has been debated, it’s been discussed. Ultimately it’s been passed by three committees. But we still have work to do. …I’m looking forward to working with Secretary Price, others in the administration, and my colleagues to continue to improve health care for all Americans and to make sure that they have access to the coverage that they need.
Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA)
“With the American Health Care Act, we are taking our first step. This is going to be a long and complex process, and I’m excited to see the momentum building and people putting their heads down and really working hard to get this right on behalf of the American people. …Unlike the drafting of Obamacare, we want constituents to see what’s in this bill. …it’s been really refreshing to be part of an open and transparent process.”
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
“Coverage is not treatment. One of the most important things that is misunderstood in the [American Health Care Act] is that in the past the ACA provided coverage. …the key thing is — in this bill… there will be $100 billion for the states to expand mental health and substance abuse treatment. …What we need to do is increase access by psychologists and psychiatrists. We have to make sure we have a greater work force, because half of the counties in America have no mental health providers.”