The U.S. House passed yet another bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The bill passed, 239-186 on a straight party line vote, with five Democrats and three Republicans not voting. I know this because there are a slew of press releases in my inbox from Congressmen making statements about their vote.
My guess is that the bill will be filibustered in the Senate, but even if it passes there, President Obama has issued a veto threat. Perhaps with this bit of Kabuki theater out of the way, we can move on to bills that have a chance of becoming law.
Press releases below the fold.
Buddy Carter, First District
Today, I voted to repeal the health care law that is destroying the healthcare system that I proudly worked in for thirty years,” Carter said. “As a small business owner and healthcare professional, I have seen firsthand that many Georgians can no longer afford the astronomical costs of healthcare and they are forced to skip visits to the doctor, put off medical procedures and avoid filling prescriptions. No one should be burdened with the choice of whether they can or cannot receive medical care because of a misguided law that continues to kill jobs and our economy. Obamacare is driving the free market out of healthcare and preventing patients from having a say in their health – I refuse to let that happen.”
In addition to fully repealing Obamacare, the legislation would require Congress to create replacement legislation within 180 days of enactment.
“While I am pleased to support a full repeal, we can’t stop there,” Carter said. “American families deserve better than Obamacare and this legislation will allow Congress to create solutions to repair our broken healthcare system and empower patients with more choices, lower costs and better services.
Lynn Westmoreland, Third District
We knew ObamaCare was bad, but the botched ObamaCare rollout in 2013 showed the American people how truly bad this government takeover actually is,” stated Westmoreland. “Premiums and healthcare device costs have doubled while many are still trying to make ends meet. Employers have been burdened with costs and are cutting back hours of part-time employees to save where they can, resulting in 2.5 million hard working Americans being cut from full-time status. As we approach the tax season, we are also seeing how ObamaCare is digging into our tax returns and costing households even more. In fact, there have been $47 billion in IRS fines under the individual mandate and $1 trillion in new taxes. ObamaCare takes away from the patients and gives far too much power to the IRS.
This ObamaCare repeal vote is more than a symbolic one, it’s a plea from the American people to scrap this trainwreck law and start over. ObamaCare was horribly written when it was passed, and it continues to get worse the more it’s implemented. The American people don’t want the government involved in their healthcare, and I will continue to vote to dismantle and repeal ObamaCare every opportunity I get.
Tom Price, Sixth District
We need health care reform that makes the system more responsive to patients, families and doctors – reforms that preserve and protect the doctor-patient relationship. Right now, Obamacare is moving our health care system in the exact opposite direction where the American people are paying more and getting less. While they may choose to ignore it, the president and his administration ought to know that the law is not working as they said it would, as they promised the American people. Circumventing Congress and making unilateral changes for their political convenience, as the Obama Administration has done on multiple occasions, is not a solution. In the House of Representatives, we are saying we need to get rid of this law that’s not working and focus on solutions that will embrace the principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, choices, and responsiveness. None of those principles are evident in Obamacare and they are vital to having a health care system that works for patients.
Rob Woodall, Seventh District
Today, I voted to fully repeal Obamacare, and set in motion a targeted approach to solve the problems created by a law that has regrettably been anything but affordable for American families and taxpayers,” said Woodall. “From the time it was first jammed through on an entirely party-line vote, Obamacare has been a source of great conflict among the American people, and has broken the very promises on which it was based. For the millions of Americans unable to keep their doctor or the plan they had, and unable to afford an alternative, the problem has only expanded.”
The American people want practical solutions to these problems, and Republicans in the House are working hard to offer principled solutions, just as we did last Congress with the American Health Care Reform Act, and much more.
Jody Hice, 10th District
Today, I was thrilled to join my colleagues in supporting H.R. 596 to do away with the President’s healthcare law. Obamacare was originally offered under the pretense that we could keep our healthcare plans and doctors, and we now know that as many as five million Americans received insurance cancellation notices for 2014.
Additionally, there are as many as 2.5 million less people identified as full-time workers. President Obama bulldozed this legislation into being, and the American people have paid dearly for this law. When it comes to Obamacare, the numbers don’t lie and I am proud to support legislation that will repeal the prospective $1 trillion dollars in new taxes that Obamacare will create if left unchecked.
Barry Loudermilk, 11th District
Georgia businesses and families deserve quality, patient-centered health care that does not break the bank. Under Obamacare, health insurance premiums have nearly doubled, leaving Georgians with less disposable income and limited ability to choose the insurance plan that best suits their needs.
Today’s vote signals a strong departure from business-as-usual and builds a solid foundation for restoring free-market solutions and lowering the cost of health care in America.
The people of this great nation entrusted us to take decisive action against the president’s failed policies, and I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to take swift action on repealing Obamacare once and for all.
Rick Allen, 12th District
From skyrocketing premiums to canceled health plans and lost access to their doctors, Georgians across the 12th district have felt the devastating effects of ObamaCare. Its burdens on small businesses continue to destroy jobs and have cut the hours and paychecks of millions of hardworking Americans. Simply put, ObamaCare is an unworkable law that is wrong for Americans and disastrous for our economy. I’m proud to act on behalf of my constituents who overwhelmingly oppose this law by supporting its full repeal. Importantly, the legislation passed by the House today allows Congress the opportunity to work on commonsense, patient-centered solutions to improve our health care system. We need reforms that truly lower the cost of care while enhancing competition and putting the American people back in charge of their health care decisions.”
Tom Graves, 14th District
We need real health care reform that puts patients first and expands choice, not Obamacare’s top-down mandates that have resulted in higher premiums, limited choice and the cancellation of millions of health care plans. By repealing Obamacare in its entirety, we can start fresh on health care reform without the constraints of the unworkable and unfixable disaster that is Obamacare. House Republicans are developing patient-centered solutions, which preserve personal freedom, expand choice, and allow people to keep the doctor and health insurance plan they like and trust.