Obamacare Failed. We won't make the same mistakes.

COMMUNICATIONS • February 10, 2017

With the confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as the incoming Secretary of Health and Human Services, Republicans just took another important step in our plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that prioritizes affordability, quality, and choice.  As Chair McMorris Rodgers says, “Dr. Price is the HHS Secretary Americans need.”

Obamacare was the federal government’s attempt to “fix” our nation’s health care system, and it failed.

If we don’t do something about it, things are only going to get worse.

That’s why House Republicans are working right now on our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, so we can offer relief to those battling with higher premiums and fewer choices. And, as Vice Chair Doug Collins (GA) puts it, Republicans aren’t going to make the same mistakes Democrats did, “…months of backroom deals, middle of the night last-minute votes, and without giving the American people enough time to even read the bill. … Republicans are going to do what we said we’d do, listen to the American people. We’re going to do this right.”

Says Speaker Ryan, “…we are taking action step by step. One of those steps is also getting Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary … with Dr. Price in place at HHS, he will help deliver stability and reinvigorate the marketplace for consumers so that people can have more choices. … Another step is to have our committees take action on specific health care bills … We are pressing ahead step by step.”

Here’s a closer look at our ideas, which come from every corner of the country:

In Arizona, Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) outline the three main focuses of our plan, authoring an op-ed in The Arizona Republic.  

Here, Colorado’s House Republicans —  U.S. Reps Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Ken Buck (R-CO), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Scott Tipton (R-CO) —  point out that “…Health care isn’t affordable or accessible when the cheapest plan comes with an average deductible of more than $6,000, which is what people in the individual market will see this year. Health care isn’t affordable or accessible when a family has only one insurer to choose from and their premium is more than their mortgage payment, which is becoming a common occurrence across our state…” (Reality check: fixing health care requires repeal of Obamacare, The Denver Post, Jan. 13, 2017)

Indiana House Republicans, U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Luke Messer (R-IN), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Jim Banks (R-IN), and Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), remind Americans in an op-ed in the Indy Star that the promises made by the Better Way agenda, proposed by Speaker Paul Ryan last year, will be incorporated into our Republican plan for a 21st Century health care system:

  • “We will also rebuild our health care system with our ideas, some of which are included in “A Better Way Agenda.” These ideas include protecting coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions and allowing people under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans. In fact, our health care proposals have always included these ideas — before Obamacare, during debate of the law and they remain a priority today.” (Republicans look for better health care plan, Indy Star, Jan. 30, 2017)

Kansas Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Kevin Yoder (R-KS) discuss how our plan to replace Obamacare will, “work to lower costs by increasing choice and competition, not heavy-handed government mandates. It will seek to provide what Kansans need — accessibility, affordability and quality — all of which have failed under Obamacare.” (Kansans in Congress: A fix for our broken health care system needs time to work, The Kansas City Star, Jan. 27, 2017)

In Michigan, U.S. Reps  Tim Walberg (R-MI), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), and Dave Trott (R-MI) in an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press assure all Americans of Republican knowledge of the problems and their dedication to working tirelessly in order to solve them:

  • “Because of Obamacare’s size, scope and failed design, replacing it will need to be a several-step process with a stable transition period. Through this process there will be tireless efforts to mislead and instill fear, but the system is broken and we must address it.

  • We will not return to the pre-Obamacare status quo, but we will increase choice and decrease costs. Patients and doctors will be in charge of their health care, not the federal government. There is a better way to address health care in our nation, and it’s going to take ideas and support from both parties to fix it.” (Doing nothing on Obamacare is not an option, Detroit Free Press, Jan. 20, 2017)

Oklahoma’s House Republicans, Frank Lucas (R-OK), Tom Cole (R-OK), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Steve Russell (R-OK) recount the story of a small business owner faced with a choice familiar to countless others across the country: “drop the health insurance benefit and potentially lose quality employees, or go out of business.” And they assure their constituents, and all Americans, of House Republicans’ commitment “to make sure the ‘Obamacare’ buck stops here.” (Oklahoma’s congressional delegation: ‘Obamacare’ fails Oklahoma, Tulsa World, Jan. 17, 2017)