The ACA is a Disaster. We’re Offering a Better Way.

“Be careful what you wish for” could be directed towards those who pushed aggressively for the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Even though the failings of the law are now apparent, the administration continues to peddle untrue promises to the American public with false hopes such as: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” and “if you like your plan you can keep your plan” or “it is affordable once you get the subsidy.” Even prior to the passage, Republicans correctly predicted none of those pledges would hold true and sadly, Americans are seeing the devastating consequences of this government-run approach to health coverage. It’s important to highlight not only the failures of Obamacare, but the work being done by the House GOP to repeal and replace it as well.

We recently learned, via Health and Human Services, that premiums for 2017 will rise by an average of 25%. In many states, those increases will be much higher; Arizona (116%), Oklahoma (69%), Minnesota (59%), and in my state of Tennessee, 63%. After this news, you would think President Obama and the administration would show humility and admit Obamacare is too expensive to afford and is simply imploding. Instead, the president has said “The bottom line is most people are going to be pleasantly surprised by just how affordable their options are, if we can just get them to see for themselves.” Just like in 2010 when he signed Obamacare into law, the president is ignoring the facts. The truth is people tried it and they do not like it.

In addition to premiums skyrocketing, we’ve also seen many insurers pulling out of the exchanges, giving consumers few options for coverage. Furthermore, a federal judge recently ruled that the Obama administration is unconstitutionally funneling subsidy dollars to health insurers. How anybody could claim with confidence, that this law is best suited for the American people is beyond me.

House Republicans have been working diligently to clean up this disaster. Our plan, A Better Way, ensures everyone access to quality and affordable health care. We have written numerous bills that are pulled together to build a patient-centered approach for the delivery of our health care system that does the following: gives you more choices and control while reducing costs, makes sure you are never turned away from receiving coverage regardless of age, income, and medical condition, speeds up the development of life-saving devices and therapies, and builds up a stronger Medicare program. Our plan also allows you to buy health insurance across state lines, legislation I drafted and offered as a pro-market option in 2010, which creates a competitive marketplace and allows you to choose the best plan for your family.

Our plan repeals the $1.058 trillion in tax hikes imposed by Obamacare, allows the 52% of small businesses that don’t currently offer coverage a fighting chance, and takes away the bureaucracy to allow our medical community to find treatments for the more than 10,000 known diseases. The numbers prove that A Better Way is the right way.