It’s a week of action: The American Health Care Act cleared another hurdle this morning, passing out of the Budget Committee. Now it heads to the Rules Committee. We’re continuing our step-by-step, regular order process to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a 21st Century health care system that puts the people at the heart of all decision making.
Here’s what House Republicans are saying today:
“We continue to listen to everyone. That’s part of the legislative process. …it’s important that we take action. And that’s what we’re impressing upon our colleagues — that they need to be, yes, giving us their ideas, but at the end of the day we’ve got to get this through the House, through the Senate, and onto the President’s desk. …if we do not take action, the future is going to be worse for millions of people in this country as they continue to see premiums going up, as they see their networks closing, the lack of choices, and it’s impacting the quality of care, too.”
“In my state, premiums went up nearly 30 percent last year. At one time, South Carolina had five different providers. Now there’s only one — and they’re threatening to pull out. What happens then? By now it’s clear [Obamacare] is not helping South Carolinians the way it was intended. …Republicans have a plan to fix it. Our plan is a blanket repeal of harmful Obamacare taxes, like the individual and employer mandates, it preserves patient protections so people won’t be denied for pre-existing conditions and it gives individuals and their families better control of their health care.”
“…Another person [in my district] asked me ‘are you going to be able to get to a reform to fix America’s health care that you like?’ My answer was no. We’re not going to get to something I like. But that’s not the issue here. Why? Because America’s not ready for what I want — that’s true federalism, that this place has nothing to do with health care. We can’t get there right now because we don’t have the votes. But we can get to something we need. I call upon my brothers and sisters in the House — let’s fix America’s health care system. We have the opportunity to do it now.”
As Congress delivers on the promise of delivering relief from the collapsing Affordable Care Act (ACA), we must be forward thinking and avoid re-purposing yesterday’s failed policies to solve today’s problems. In particular, we must include better strategies to advance mental health and addiction treatment.
While promising mental health and addiction insurance coverage, the ACA did little to provide real medical models of treatment for those suffering with mental illness and addiction. The evidence is staggering: skyrocketing rates of suicide and drug overdose deaths are now at all-time highs.
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“I think if you’re a true conservative, what you want to do is take power away from the federal government and give it to individuals and give it to states, which is what we do. …You know, we’ve got an $883 billion tax cut. … You talk about saving $880 billion; that’s a huge entitlement reform that all conservatives can rally around. …This is the kind of reforms that I’ve dreamed about my entire adult life. There are other things I would like to do. I tried to amend this bill in committee. It’s not perfect. Certainly, I could make it more conservative if I had a magic wand or could control votes in the Senate, but the way it stands is good, conservative legislation.”
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Doing nothing about Obamacare’s failures is not an option. There is going to be disagreement over any solution, but this is why the American Health Care Act is moving openly through regular order in four committees before it even comes to the House floor. Unlike with Obamacare, when Nancy Pelosi said we would have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, the American Health Care Act is posted online for all to read at ReadTheBill.gop. Americans sent a clear message in November, and they do not want partisan bickering in Washington to delay this effort any longer. The Trump administration has endorsed the American Health Care Act, and we are working together to finally bring relief.
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Today on Twitter:
— Ken Calvert (@KenCalvert) March 15, 2017
— Jason Lewis (@RepJasonLewis) March 16, 2017