Obamacare is failing. In North Carolina, 95 out of 100 counties have only one Obamacare option. Rates in North Carolina have skyrocketed 176% since 2013. Blue Cross requested a 22.9% increase for 2018 and has seriously considered exiting the market. Nationwide, Aetna, United Healthcare, Humana, Anthem, and other Blue Cross plans have all exited Obamacare markets. Aetna’s CEO publicly stated in February that Obamacare is in a death spiral.
There is nothing affordable about the “Affordable Care Act.” The facts show government mandates and insurance bailouts have failed the American people. This is why I am committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with common sense reforms focused on lowering costs, freedom of choice for patients, protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and market-based principles.
Acting on Promises:
This year, I joined the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which includes numerous conservative reforms I have been fighting to achieve for many years. The AHCA repeals Obamacare’s regulations, taxes, and mandates; ends taxpayer funding for abortion, and gives states flexibility to best meet local needs. Additionally, our conservative healthcare legislation makes the most significant reforms to Medicaid in 50 years, ending the “blank check” approach which lacked accountability and replacing it with block grants, which force states to more carefully spend your tax dollars. Without reform, Medicaid will collapse. As your Congressman, I kept my promise to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
So what happened?
Many forget Ronald Reagan had to find consensus and was willing to take “70% of a loaf” as he became the great conservative icon.
Unfortunately, too many in Washington have forgotten the lessons of President Reagan, choosing instead an “all or nothing” approach. Each Member of Congress and each Senator come from different states and districts with unique needs, and therefore there is never perfect legislation.
The House of Representatives came together on conservative healthcare reform. Now, the Senate must not let down the American people.
Where do we go from here?
As your Congressman, I remain committed to working with President Trump to repeal and replace Obamacare. This includes joining Congressman Tom Garrett (VA-05) to co-sponsor a discharge petition that would put a “clean repeal” of Obamacare up for a vote. This would be similar to legislation which passed during the Obama Administration. Members of Congress should be prepared to take the same vote under a President committed to conservative healthcare reform.