On the House Floor: Republicans share vision for future of health care

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) led a special order on the House floor last night to talk about the House Republicans’ shared vision for health care reform — a vision that puts people, not the government, in charge.

“We have all been very open about our opposition to the Affordable Care Act,” says Ferguson. “But it’s also important that we share with our constituents what we stand for: …patient-centered heath care that meets the needs of our constituents in an affordable way…market-driven health care solutions and an industry that prioritizes personal freedom over government mandates…the biggest entitlement reform in a generation to ensure that we protect our most vulnerable population.”

Didn’t get a chance to watch? Here’s a quick recap:

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA): Our ideas are nothing new

“This has been an open legislative process. More than eight months ago, even before I was a member of this great House, the Republican caucus here released a Better Way agenda, which detailed a consensus vision for patient-centered health care reform. Our bill, the American Health Care Act, is built on that framework. These ideas are not new. They’re not unvetted. They are a product of many conversations, debates, and work. Unlike the drafting of Obamacare, we want our constituents to know what’s in this legislation before we pass it. …at no point in this process have I felt closed out of it. As a matter of fact, as a freshman, I can tell you that I’ve had my voice heard, I’ve been asked for input, and I have seen many of the ideas I’ve spoken about be included in this bill. This bill has not been crafted behind closed doors. It has not been kept in the shadows. ..it’s been the opposite. As a freshman member sitting in Conference, leadership has been very straightforward about the intentions of the bill, the basic framework of the bill, and I’m excited to see that as this process has gone through regular order, we have seen many amendments added to it and we’re continuing that process.”

Rep. Claudia Tenney: Obamacare is anything but patient protection and affordable care

“…patients are being denied high-quality care that they deserve and need. With higher costs, less accessible, affordable care and mountains of red tape, [Obamacare] has proven to be anything but patient protection and affordable care…now, some deductibles are higher than a house payment, and premiums across the nation have increased, on average, 25 percent. Our families didn’t sign up for this.”

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX): I plan on keeping my promise to repeal Obamacare

“The facts are indisputable: President Obama’s attempt to plan our health care economy from Washington, D.C. has failed. I’ve spent nearly two years crisscrossing 29 counties in west Texas and I can report from the many stories from my constituents that no single law or policy has been more reviled, more destructive, or more intrusive than Obamacare. ...the American Health Care Act repeals Obamacare and is a step in the right direction to freeing the American people from the scourge of government-controlled health care.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE): All people want is a health care plan that fits their needs

Obamacare has failed and we need to replace it. It has made health care inaccessible for many of the Americans it was created to help. Our premiums have skyrocketed, small business growth is stunted because they cannot expand due to health care regulations, and employees are seeing their hours cut. …I talked to a young mother who had to pay the whole bill for the delivery of her child. The ACA plan she was on had a $12,000 deductible, and that plan didn’t help her one cent. …[The American Health Care Act] is a step in the right direction and we are fulfilling our promises to repair the problems the ACA has left us.”

Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL): Obamacare isn’t fair to the American people

“We are fighting for basic fairness. No American, no small businessman or woman, farmer, plumber or mechanic, should be disadvantaged because of where they work or where they are forced to purchase their insurance.”

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS): I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my colleagues and the President

“My constituents sent me here to fix health care. …I’m ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republicans, with Democrats, with people down the aisle, across the aisle, and with our President to get [the American Health Care Act] passed. Unfortunately, Obamacare has failed….it’s dying very, very quickly. …my own state of Kansas is down to one provider. …doing nothing is simply not an option.”