Stories from Home: House Republicans share Obamacare’s failures

Obamacare was government’s attempt to “fix” health care — and it’s failed.  

How do we know this? Because we represent Americans from every region of this country, from coast to coast, and we’re doing what representatives do best — listening, then leading.

Last night House Republicans took to the House floor to share stories from their communities about the damage Obamacare has done on real people and their families. And they pledged to protect them as we repeal Obamacare and replace it with a 21st Century health care system that puts people — not the government — at the center of health care decisions.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL): “Obamacare is collapsing on itself”

“[Obamacare] is collapsing on itself and if we were to do nothing, this would collapse and the American people would be left without any coverage. And we’ve heard other people on the other side say ‘leave it alone.’ That’s irresponsible and we will not do that. We will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and remove [health care] from Washington bureaucrats and government mandates. If government can tell you what kind of insurance to buy, you have to buy it, and if you don’t they penalize you, what else can they force you to do? Our Constitution is not a function of the government. Government is a function of the Constitution. Yet when government steps beyond the boundaries of the Constitution, it is up to us, We the People — we’re the representatives of We the People — to change how government works. And that’s what we’re doing with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.”

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA): Americans are saying ‘please, help us’

“It’s the middle income families that I am really, really worried about [with Obamacare]. We…have received so many communications from them saying ‘please, help us.’ …We’re trying to help, to bring relief from the ACA so they can go back to…having affordable insurance, doctors they they can choose, a plan they can choose, and being able to go off and do things like…maybe buying that home that’s part of the American Dream — instead of the American Nightmare the ACA has been.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX): Americans want this Obamacare nightmare to end

“In the last 24 hours, I’ve heard from nearly 1,000 of my constituents who are overwhelmingly begging me to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a bill that restores health care freedom. That’s no surprise to me. I’ve heard from thousands of my constituents, including my own patients…about how their premiums [and deductibles] have skyrocketed…they have health insurance but they can’t afford access to medical care…they have to drive long distances to get to a new, different doctor in their medical plan. They’ve had medical care interrupted. Simply put, they want this Obamacare nightmare to end.”

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA): “I hear you. I will not forget about you”

“It is the middle class American who has worked hard to have a good retirement who is being hit hard by [Obamacare]. A gentleman from West Richland recently pleaded that the many middle class workers like him must not be forgotten as we repeal and replace this broken law. He says, ‘do not forget us when fixing. We liked our plan, and we lost it.’ These are just some of the many stories — the dozens, the hundreds — I’ve been hearing over the last couple years since I started representing the good people of central Washington. These are true, personal stories of the struggles people are facing on a daily basis and have pleaded with us to take strong action to deliver them from this situation. …I hear you. I will not forget about you. And I will keep your stories at the forefront of my mind as we work to fix this failed [health care] system.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA): “Today is a new day”

“Last year, the Obama administration even admitted that premium hikes were coming for this year’s health care plans. It turns out the national average premium increase is 25 percent. That’s the average. In seven states, it’s more than 50 percent. Unbelievable. Well, Mr. Speaker, today is a new day. This afternoon, the Energy and Commerce Committee completed a marathon markup of its portion of what was ultimately to be the Obamacare reconciliation bill. It was an honor to be part of that. For 27 hours and 27 minutes we met and we finally got it out of committee. And now it goes to the Budget Committee along with the bill the Ways and Means Committee has sent…I’m proud to be part of this historic opportunity to take the first meaningful steps in entitlement reform and repealing Obamacare.”

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL): We’re not doing this because of statistics. We’re doing this for the American people.

“Obamacare is collapsing and if we do nothing, we will be leaving millions of Americans without any option for health care coverage. But we’re not offering this alternative because of statistics. We’re doing it for [the American people]. …After four years of watching premiums more than double, deductibles skyrocket and choices dwindle for my constituents under Obamacare, I’m proud to be part of a responsible health care solution to lower costs and increase options for individuals and families.”

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