The threat of snow didn’t stop House Republicans from taking to TV, radio, and social media to champion the American Health Care Act, our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Check out the highlights:
“We’ve advanced the bill out of committee in a very open and transparent process. I hope that people read the bill. …now it will go to the Budget Committee and then to the full House for a floor vote and it will repeal the Affordable Care Act. I think we have put in place some incredible options for our states, a lot of flexibility for our states, and we hope to create a lot more choices for Hoosiers and citizens all across this country.”
My staff and I have been reading through the 123 pages of the House GOP plan introduced this week in the first step to repair our broken health care system. We’ve confirmed some great things we’ve been promising on healthcare have made it into the bill, including relief from all of Obamacare’s taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices – which hit the middle class and poor the hardest. The bill immediately eliminates the individual and employer mandates while preserving vital patient protections that prohibit health insurers from denying coverage to patients based on pre-existing conditions and placing lifetime caps on medical care. The bill is a good starting point as we begin this process. If you haven’t had a chance yet, head over to readthebill.gop and check out the full bill text and summaries of what the legislation does. I’m approaching this with an open mind and seeking feedback to make sure we arrive at a final product that achieves our goals of lowering the cost of care, putting patients back in control, and offering more options to let you choose the plan that’s best for you and your family. As the House continues to debate this first step of this important process, please head over to my website to leave your thoughts by clicking the link in my bio.
“You don’t have to pass [the American Health Care Act] to find out what’s in it. …Of course [the CBO] is going to score this with less people ‘covered’ because Obamacare was a mandate. You had to sign up or pay a fine. You had to get the substandard insurance that the government was offering, etc. What we’re saying and what President Trump is saying is that you’ll have access. You’ll have the opportunity to be covered if you need coverage. And that’s a whole different thing that CBO has no idea how to score…”
— House Budget GOP (@housebudgetGOP) March 13, 2017
“I think that at the end of the day you’re going to see that [the American Health Care Act] is going to be successful, and that’s because our health care system right now is failing. Here in the state of Tennessee…we have parts of our state that have no insurers left in the marketplace. We have got to rescue people. We get calls in our office every day about premiums going up, and co-pays, to the point where people say ‘I can’t afford it anymore. Please help us out.’”
“Obamacare is not working. We’re spending way too much money in Washington right now, and sitting on the Budget Committee, I’m seeing a budget deficit growth really start to accelerate. I want to see an opportunity for the cost curve to at least start to turn down. I think the CBO score is a guide and we need to look at it, but there are some problems with it….health care is very complicated. …[the score] is a starting point.”
“The current system is failing. …It is our goal to empower individuals and families, so they can choose the best health care plan for themselves. For me, this is simply about providing a better health care system for our country, especially for working Americans who struggle to find access to quality care. …[The AHCA] was written for the American people, by their representatives, in a transparent manner to lower costs, give patients and doctors more decision-making power, and establish a true health care market where people can make informed choices.”
“We want people to purchase insurance for things that may happen to them. We want people to be able to have catastrophic coverage and to take care so they don’t go bankrupt. But we don’t want to force people to buy things that are not used — a man is not going to have to deliver a child and that’s what that maternity coverage is for. It is the perfect example of what’s wrong with the centralized control policies dictated by Washington, D.C. …Obamacare is in a death spiral and we’re on a rescue mission.”
“…Minnesota had to pass a $310 million emergency ‘discount plan’ offering some relief for families still suffering under the state’s destabilized insurance markets. Such an urgent situation shows that left alone, Obamacare may well collapse — but that is unacceptable to people like me interested in governing responsibly. Sometimes the easiest thing to do in politics is nothing. You placate the critics and avoid being attacked. But I believe this situation is urgent, and responsible government requires we move forward on the best possible plan.”
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— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) March 13, 2017
“Both committees worked very long and very hard because that’s what we’re supposed to do. …I’m conservative, but there are some folks where no matter what we do it just won’t be conservative enough. I can appreciate that. But to suggest that [Vice President] Mike Pence isn’t conservative or that somehow Speaker Ryan isn’t conservative or that we haven’t done the best job that we can? I think that’s a little far from where we need to be.”