CONGRESS SENDS OBAMACARE REPEAL TO PRESIDENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed theRestoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, for the first time sending Obamacare repeal legislation to the President’s desk.
“Granite Staters sent me to Washington to stop the President’s reckless regulatory agenda, which is costing them jobs, income, and even their health insurance, in the case of this failing health care law,” said Rep. Guinta (NH01), whose language to repeal Obamacare’s excise tax on employer-sponsored health care benefits passed in today’s package.
“After years of rising premiums, in many cases set to rise by double digits this year, simple repeal would save struggling middle-class Americans a lot of money.”
President Obama is expected to veto the joint House and Senate legislation.“But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop fighting for a better approach to quality, affordable health care for Granite Staters,” said Manchester’s former mayor. Rep. Guinta added that House members have introduced bills to replace Obamacare with“patient-centered reforms that lower costs to expand coverage to millions.”
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that provisions under Obamacare, which passed Congress in 2010 with only Democrat votes, could mean nearly 10 million more Americans will lose employer-sponsored health coverage. According to other reports, an estimated five million lost their individual insurance plans, when Obamacare first struck.
Most new sign-ups are the result of Medicaid expansion. Still, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced thatObamacare sign-ups have fallen almost 10 million short of expectations. “A lot of the law’s assumptions turned out to be false,” said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.“The price went from over $900 trillion to almost two trillion dollars – from shocking to staggering.”
Rep. Guinta also cited the President’s promise that“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” as well as his claim that Obamacare would save Americans an average of $2500 per year.Investor’s Business Daily reports that premiums have grown by an average of $4865 per person since 2008.
TheRestoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 will proceed to the President via an expedited legislative procedure available to Congress once each year for budget agreements. The latest contains popular bipartisan measures, such as a medical device tax repeal and Rep. Guinta’s so-called “Cadillac Tax” repeal, which have garnered Democratic support.
“Congress is starting the New Year right, fulfilling our pledge to do the people’s work,” said Rep. Guinta.