"No, the AHCA doesn't do that..."

Communications • May 16, 2017

Got your attention, didn’t we?

Well, according to certain protesters and pundits, because the House Republicans voted to lower the costs of health insurance and increase access to health care, we’re basically murdering people.

Protesters went so far as to hang posters around the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus mischaracterizing their congressman’s vote in favor of the AHCA. In a personal Mother’s Day post on Medium.com, Rep. Walker discusses the incident:

“It is rare that I discuss personal matters, but hostile discourse has created a need for me to share a family perspective. For example, my younger brother has been blind for two decades. He will never see his daughters walk down the aisle or drive his boys to a ballgame. …While many in our state may disagree on the way to improve health care, the tone and false charges are mind-boggling. This week, the flyer shown here was distributed on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

“ …the bill that passed the House does more to protect people with pre-existing conditions than Obamacare does. Take for instance in our own state, where in all but a handful of counties, there will only be one insurer offering health plans — and that one insurer is weighing a decision to leave. That is not health security for people with pre-existing conditions. Those are not the assurances our parents and loved ones need.”

Millions will die. People with pre-existing conditions won’t be covered. Sexual assault is now a pre-existing condition. The misinformation about the AHCA is diverse, alarmist, and spreading like fire, and it’s a disservice to the millions of Americans who need us to reform health care.

So, what’s the truth? Here, House Republicans set the record straight:

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on MSNBC:

“Some of the rhetoric here has gotten over the top. It makes about as much sense to accuse Republicans of wanting people to die as it did of accusing Democrats…of running death panels. The rhetoric gets in the way of trying to get to the problem in an efficient way and hopefully we can get past that. …in my state we’re down to a single provider that, God bless them, is losing money. …the Republican bill is a better bill for us because there’s money for hospitals, there’s tax credits for individuals, and there’s a chance to get other people back in the market.”


Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

“…irresponsible advocacy groups even claimed the AHCA made being a rape survivor a pre-existing condition. That was too much for the Washington Post’s fact-checker, who ended up giving this whopper a well-deserved “4 Pinocchio’s. If the partisan opponents of health care reform are willing to mislead the public so profoundly while Obamacare continues to collapse, folks at home should ask themselves: Is there anything they won’t do in name of political expediency?

Click here to read his full op-ed.


Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) in Deseret News:

“Some have said that women are not protected in this bill. This bill does not eliminate the standard that women and men are treated equally when it comes to cost. NO STATE, under ANY circumstances, may obtain a waiver for pre-existing condition protection, prohibition on gender discrimination — for guaranteed issue and renewability — or for the right of dependents to stay on a family plan up to age 26. Also, access is not removed for preventative and screening services, like mammograms and well-woman visits.”

Click here to read her full op-ed.


Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) on LEX 18:

“Obamacare is broken, but health care can be fixed. [The AHCA] was about keeping our promises, and also about fixing a problem. …As long as you have continuous coverage — if you have coverage now, and you maintain that coverage, you’re going to be protected against any discrimination in terms of increased costs… We really want to help middle-income, working age adults who have pre-existing conditions.”


Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) in the Miami Herald:

“Americans are being told that they will die as a consequence of this legislation and that life in our country will be miserable should it become law. One group recently claimed that the proposal would consider victims of rape and domestic violence as having a pre-existing condition, earning a full four Pinocchios from The Washington Post, the highest measurement in deceitful rhetoric. Opponents often ignore key provisions in the new AHCA, many introduced by Democrats, that prohibit discrimination against women, allow young people to stay on their parents’ plans longer, guarantee access to healthcare for those suffering from pre-existing conditions, and more.”

Click here to read his full op-ed.


Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) in the Star Tribune:

“It is also important to point out what is not in this bill. Nothing in this bill would allow an insurance company to deny someone coverage, including to those with a preexisting condition. Nothing would allow an insurance company to cancel someone’s insurance policy should they become sick. Despite claims from opponents, the bill does not classify sexual assault as a preexisting condition. For those who maintain continuous coverage, the bill does not allow insurance companies to charge an individual more simply because they have a preexisting condition. It’s also worth noting that this bill includes $138 billion to assist states in making sure everyone, including those with preexisting conditions, has access to high-quality, affordable health care. The legislation passed last week is certainly not the end of the road but instead a first step toward providing Minnesotans with a health care system that works for them.”

Click here to read his full op-ed.


Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX):

“The provisions we have in the [AHCA] put restrictions on insurers with respect to having to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and not raising their premiums so long as they’re maintaining continuous coverage. Those are things that are important to all Republicans. You’ve got to remember…folks like me — I have a niece that has a pre-existing condition. There are a lot of Republican Members of Congress that voted for the American Health Care Act because they have relatives that have pre-existing conditions, and we want coverage for that.”


Budget Committee Chair Diane Black (R-TN) in Real Clear Politics:

“The American Health Care Act eliminates Obamacare’s taxes and mandates that are crushing small businesses in my home state of Tennessee and around the country. It is a once-in-a-generation entitlement reform, saving and strengthening Medicaid so that it can continue to serve the most vulnerable Americans but doesn’t incentivize a culture of dependency. And it brings free-market competition into the health care marketplace to bring down costs and improve the quality of care while continuing to protect those with pre-existing conditions.”

Click here to read her full op-ed.


Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) in The Indianapolis Star:

“Some facts are hard to dispute, and despite the recent outcry from some, the facts surrounding Obamacare are clear. Most Hoosiers do not like Obamacare, and they’ve been voting for six years to stop it. For three election cycles, Hoosiers have sent Republicans to the House, Senate and the White House – all on the promise to repeal this failed law. And for good reason. Though Obamacare helped some, it left a vast majority of folks in our state worse off. Premiums soared 70 percent in Indiana. Despite promises to the contrary, tens of thousands of Hoosiers lost their plans and their doctors. Many people have less coverage and less choice today than ever before.”

Click here to read his full op-ed.


Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) in the South Bend Tribune:

“…the American Health Care Act gives families and individuals access to coverage they can actually afford. Low- and middle-income Americans without coverage through work or a government program can get refundable tax credits to help purchase insurance, and credits increase with age to better protect seniors. The bill provides $100 billion for a Patient and State Stability Fund to stabilize markets and keep premiums down. It also provides $15 billion for maternity care, mental health care and substance abuse treatment, and $15 billion to help patients with high costs.”

Click here to read her full op-ed.


Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA) on Fox Business:

“I was a ‘yes’ from the beginning. …I want the government out of my exam room, where my patients and myself can make informed decisions …heretofore I’ve had to call to get permission for a patient to see a specialist; I’ve had to call to get permission to prescribe the drug that I wanted to use; I’ve had to call to get permission to put a patient in the hospital. It’s been ridiculous. I can’t tell you how I am…to get back to patient-centered health care.”