Roundup: We passed the bill!

May 05, 2017 | Communications •

Did you see this   fantastic selfie?

We think it sums up how we’re feeling right now — excited! Because we did it, guys. The American Health Care Act is on its way to the Senate!

After years of hearings and input and discussion, we’ve put together a bill that will help Americans recover from the burdens of Obamacare. And now we’re one step closer to it becoming law.

For seven years, the American people have suffered under higher premiums, unaffordable care, and limited choices. For seven years, Republicans have been working to repeal this suffering. Yesterday, we did. We passed the bill.

Also, this happened:


Here are the highlights from this historic day:

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

“[Passing the AHCA is] a huge step in moving forward for the American people and getting a sane health care system that will look out for the American people and families instead of bureaucrats here in Washington. So we’re excited — it was a good day!”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

“We can do better [than Obamacare]. Today we took those important first steps to provide a health care system that’s going to be affordable and accessible for everyone. …it has a lot of good things, including — most importantly — more patient choice and affordable premiums.”

Rep.Kristi Noem (R-ND)

“Health care is one of the most personal issues people deal with, which is why I’ve fought so hard to return control to patients. I’ve heard from many, many South Dakotans who were being asked to defy their family’s budgetary constraints and pay $10,000 or more per year on health coverage under Obamacare. What’s worse, the deductibles on that coverage were so high they couldn’t actually afford to use it. The legislation passed today would repeal this failing system.”

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

“A constituent of mine from Kentucky reached out to my office personally to share her story. Under Obamacare, the cost of her family’s average monthly premium rose to over $1,000 with a deductible of over $12,000. In total, almost half her income. When she fell and broke three ribs, she couldn’t afford to go to the emergency room because of the astronomical deductible. She suffered for weeks before she could afford care and said…’I pay 50 percent of my income for something I am forced to buy, but cannot use.’“

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)

“Where were our friends on the other side of the aisle when Obamacare resulted in millions of policy cancellations and millions of Americans losing their coverage because of the broken promises? Where were the Democrats when millions of Americans were forced out of work because of the job-killing policies of Obamacare? Let me tell you something — the American people remembered that, and that’s what happened in 2010. We didn’t hide in a back room to get what we’re doing today done. We’ve been working on it for six years. We’re going to get it done today. We’re going to meet the promises we made to the American people. And starting today, Obamacare is on its way out the door.”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

“For seven years I have promised my constituents that I would repeal and replace Obamacare. A month ago I sat in the Oval Office and told the President of the United States that I was with him and that I would help get this Obamacare repeal bill through the House of Representatives. Today we were finally able to deliver on that promise in a meaningful way.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

“You’ve always heard it said that there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. ….What we do know is that the Affordable Care Act was not working. It has run up the cost of health insurance for individuals in the market place. …it’s also running up the cost for small business employers… What we have is a bill that’s going to achieve some really important things. I think it’s important to note that pre-existing conditions was an idea that started with a Republican Member back in 2006. Of course, we’re keeping those protections.”

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

“A couple weeks ago, we were doing coffees with residents, and a group of my constituents who are on the left brought a woman and she has tears running down her face and she’s standing in front of me wanting to know why we are about to take health care away from her husband that’s across the street in the hospital. How cruel does the left have to be lie? To say something like that to someone — because none of that was true. …that just can’t happen in the language. If you’re already in the hospital, if you have a pre-existing condition, these things are covered, whether it’s the right and the left’s language, but to manipulate someone who’s already suffering like that, what sort of cruelty is in someone’s soul to get a political advantage. …I beg of you … read the amendments, actually read the language.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

“Oklahoma has been especially hit hard by Obamacare. The state currently has only one insurer and people in rural areas have lost their doctors. The legislation we passed today will provide a market-based health care system that will also give states more options to tailor their health care systems to better suit the needs of their citizens.”


Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)

“Today I joined my colleagues on a rescue mission to save health care for Nebraskans because people were being burdened with skyrocketing premiums, unaffordable deductibles, and lack of choice. Premiums had risen by up to 51% for many Nebraskans and our state is down to two health insurance providers in the marketplace.”


Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

“Today’s vote is one part in our multi-step approach to carefully transition to a patient-centered system where people have better access to quality care at a price they can afford. It ensures that no one can be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. It will also give states additional flexibility and resources to meet the health care needs of their populations if they show they can drive down costs and boost coverage.”


Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR)

“For seven years, our constituents, patients, friends, and family have suffered under a one-size-fits-all law that is collapsing under its own weight. The American Health Care Act will put patients, families, and their doctors first. It will protect those with pre-existing conditions and provides states with the flexibility they need to help meet the unique needs of their citizens. Simply put, the American people deserve better than what they received under Obamacare and the American Health Care Act delivers on our commitment to rebuild our health insurance markets and provide relief to the American people. We want to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, and our colleagues in the House who have worked so hard to get this bill over the finish line today. There’s more work to be done, and we know we are up to the task.”


Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN)

“This bill has been years in the making, and I am proud to support it. As a doctor for over 30 years, I ran for Congress because I wanted to ensure Tennesseans have access to the quality health care they deserve. This plan will dismantle Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered, free-market reforms. In stark contrast to Obamacare, the AHCA wasn’t developed by cutting backroom sweetheart deals with every special interest group that is invested in our health care system. We put patients first – they are our only interest.”


Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)

“For long enough, families have sat around kitchen tables, struggling to decide between paying for health insurance they cannot afford to use or a tax penalty they cannot escape. These cries for relief from Obamacare could not be ignored. …It’s time to fix the broken government policies that have crippled our health-care system for decades. It’s finally time we keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and provide relief. Today, we took the first big step to keeping that promise.”


Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA)

“With today’s vote, I kept my promise to Third District residents to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and build a health care system that works for everyone. These reforms will allow the marketplace to drive down costs and increase options. This bill ensures that those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, and that our safety net is strengthened and preserved for the most vulnerable. By empowering Americans to make their own health care decisions, we protect the all-important conversation between patients and their doctors. By cutting onerous regulations and taxes we promote economic growth for our nation.”


Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

“Today, I voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care plan that actually lowers costs and gets the federal government out of the way. Importantly, the bill continues to ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It also cuts taxes, defunds Planned Parenthood, and fundamentally reforms Medicaid. …today was a step in the right direction toward rescuing the American people from the failures of Obamacare.”


Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT)

“For more than seven years the American people have been asking Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Today we delivered. The American Health Care Act will drive down costs, offer families more choices and importantly protect people with pre-existing conditions.”


Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

“Americans overwhelming voted to undo the burdens of Obamacare, and this bill delivers.  Furthermore, it will not allow insurers to deny those who do not have access to health insurance through their employer, on the basis of pre-existing conditions. This bill is our best chance to offer more choices, eliminate taxes, lower skyrocketing premiums, and bring down deductibles so families can get the healthcare they need.”


Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

“With millions in Minnesota and the United States in need of relief from skyrocketing costs, diminishing choices, and limited access, the status quo under Obamacare is no longer acceptable. This is just the latest step in reforming our health care system to be more patient-centered, and my focus remains on finding solutions that will make sure Americans have access to high quality, affordable health care. I’m also pleased to see the permanent repeal of the medical device tax included in this effort, which is critical to encourage medical innovation and make life-saving technologies accessible to patients.”


Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)

“Today the House of Representatives took the first step toward repealing and replacing the misnamed Affordable Care Act and restoring access to affordable healthcare for all Americans. The amendment that I authored on invisible risk sharing will drive down the cost of health insurance premiums and helps ensure that those with preexisting conditions have affordable coverage.”


Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)

“All Americans—Republican and Democrat alike—want affordable care for their families, but I believe that competition and choice is the best path to our desired outcome—not government mandates and regulations. Today, I am proud that Republicans united to deliver on our promise and advance our vision of reining in government and restoring liberty, by taking a solid step towards repealing Obamacare.


Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

“We are seeing the dangerous collapse of Obamacare play out across the country. Rather than forcing Americans to buy plans they don’t want or can’t afford, regulating insurance providers out of the market altogether, or leaving people with no options to choose from, the AHCA makes the necessary changes to repair our health care system that’s collapsing before our eyes. For these reasons, today I voted yes.”


Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)

“The AHCA puts patients and their families in the drivers’ seat. It returns authority for health care decisions to individuals and ensures access to affordable care. The bill protects people with pre-existing conditions and ensures they cannot be denied coverage.  I look forward to continuing this fight alongside Senators Enzi and Barrasso to ensure the repeal and replacement process proceeds in a way that works for Wyoming families and businesses.”


Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)

“Today I kept my promise to Utah’s 4th District by voting to repeal and replace Obamacare with a viable alternative. Passage of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) comes at a crucial time, as Americans continue to face increasing premiums and fewer choices. One third of US counties have only one insurance provider. And several insurers are looking to withdraw from the exchanges, leaving Americans who buy their own insurance without options.  Maintaining the status quo is unacceptable. The AHCA puts patients in charge of their health decisions and doesn’t require people to buy insurance.”


Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)

“We have two options at this important juncture. We can stand by and watch Obamacare collapse by allowing health care options to become increasingly unaffordable and inaccessible. Or we can take action to return control of health care from Washington back to the states and restore the free market so Americans can access quality, affordable health care options.


Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)

“I have joined the People’s House in fulfilling a promise more than seven years in the making by voting to advance the American Health Care Act to the U.S. Senate. Repealing and replacing Obamacare has been our unmistakable mandate since it was first passed with blatant lies and deception, only to betray millions of Americans with higher costs, fewer choices, and lost coverage. Today marks the beginning of the end of this failed law’s broken promises and damage.”


Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)

”Since I decided to run for Congress, I gave the people of Orange County my word that I would work to ensure all Americans have access to an affordable, patient-centered healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act has clearly failed the American people through unaffordable premiums and deductibles, massive tax burdens on small businesses, and collapsing healthcare exchanges.  I am honored to join my colleagues in the House to pass this landmark legislation for the American people.”


Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)

“As a conservative, I believe in the principles of limited government, free markets, liberty and personal responsibility. To that end, I made a promise to my constituents that I’d fight to repeal and replace Obamacare with conservative health care reform that incorporates these principles and puts them first, and today I’m keeping my word.”


Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA)

“We cannot stand by and idly watch as out of pocket costs for millions of Americans and their families skyrocket and insurers pull out of individual markets in our states (Aetna announced a pull out of Virginia yesterday and United the week before). While we are far from a final piece of legislation, today we advanced the vessel that will rid us of D.C. mandated healthcare and we moved towards more patient focus.”


Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)

“Today is a great victory for the American people. We are finally on the path to fixing our broke and broken health care system. The AHCA upholds protections for pre-existing conditions and the expansion of Medicaid, which help our most vulnerable populations.  The bill will also provide much needed property tax relief for New Yorkers who are unfairly forced to foot the bill for Medicaid. We care about giving people the freedom and flexibility to make their own health decisions while providing promised tax relief for middle-income families and small business owners.”


Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN)

“Today’s vote moves us forward on the path to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The American Health Care Act puts patients back in charge of their healthcare decisions, helps drive down costs and expand access to care for everyone, and maintains critical patient protections like coverage for preexisting conditions. Thanks to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and my colleagues in the House for their hard work on this bill that fulfills the promises we made to the American people.”