Sam Johnson Votes to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

Bill Headed to President’s Desk

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Washington, January 6, 2016 | comments

Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted to pass Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762) – legislation that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood.   This is the first time Obamacare repeal legislation will hit the President’s desk. 

“I can’t think of a better way to start off the New Year,” said Johnson.  “I have been opposed to Obamacare since Day One for MANY reasons.  It puts the government in control over your health care; it has forced Americans to lose access to the doctors and health care plans they liked and Obama falsely promised they could keep; it has hit American families with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs; and it has hurt small businesses from growing and hiring new workers.  The list goes on.  That’s why I have voted over 50 times to repeal this harmful law, but this bill is special because it will be the first time a repeal measure will hit the President’s desk!  We will finally force him to answer to the fact that a majority of Americans still oppose his big government health care takeover – a takeover that was rammed into law without a single Republican and sold under false pretenses to the American public.  What’s more, at a time the national debt is fast approaching $19 trillion, this bill would reduce the deficit by half a trillion.”

Johnson continued, “As a father, grandfather, and Christian who is a staunch supporter of Life, I am also pleased that today’s bill does the right thing by stopping federal funding of Planned Parenthood.  Congress is currently investigating Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted babies’ body parts, and the President needs to answer to his support of this vile practice.”  

“Republicans are starting the year off strong, and I look forward to continuing that momentum and championing the conservative principles that my constituents and I hold dear – values that make our nation the Greatest Nation in the world.”

In addition to today’s repeal vote, Johnson is a co-sponsor of two Obamacare replacement bills that focus on common-sense, patient-centered solutions: H.R. 2300, Empowering Patients First Act, and H.R. 2653, American Health Care Reform Act.  These bills also include legislation Johnson introduced, the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2868), which would allow businesses to join together to purchase more affordable health insurance through Association Health Plans.  

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