WASHINGTON D.C.- On Thursday the House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. The billed was called “American Health Care Act,” and was approved by a vote of 217-213.
Senator Roger Wicker released this statement after the decision was made:
“Americans know that Obamacare isn’t working. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be having these conversations. Insurers are dropping out of the exchanges, and soaring premiums are unsustainable. To allow a broken law to continue wreaking havoc on Americans’ lives is not a solution,” said Wicker. “The bill passed by the House today is an acknowledgement that we are committed to doing better. It is not the end of the conversation by any means. The Senate has yet to debate the bill and make changes, but House passage sends a signal that we are prepared to act on behalf of the American people, who deserve health-care reform that produces real benefits in their lives.”
Senator Thad Cochran had this to say:
“I’m pleased the House has advanced legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I have voted consistently for legislation to repeal Obamacare. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues on proposals that will be effective in reversing Obamacare.”
Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss) said the action replaced Obamacare with something more patient-centered.
“I made a promise to the people of South Mississippi that I would come to Washington and repeal Obamacare, and today’s vote on the American Health Care Act keeps that promise. We repealed Obamacare and replaced it with a conservative healthcare bill that is good for families, businesses, and individuals,” said Palazzo. “I am proud of President Trump and my colleagues for working together to come up with a strong piece of legislation, and I urge the Senate to immediately take up this bill and pass it. We are closer than we have ever been to repealing Obamacare. Let’s get it done.”
Key provisions within the American Health Care Act:
- Eliminates the individual mandate that required everyone to purchase insurance or pay a penalty tax
- Eliminates the employer mandate that required businesses to provide insurance to their employees
- Eliminates the endless taxes and regulations that were imposed through Obamacare
- Halts the Medicaid expansion program
Two amendments were also added to the bill. The McArthur Amendment would give states more flexibility on health coverage options, and the Upton Amendment would help ensure coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.