Sam Johnson Statement on House American Health Care Act Vote

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Washington, May 4, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an improved version of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), – the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Drawing upon ideas that Republicans have championed for years, the American Health Care Act was first introduced in the House in March.  To read the full bill, visit readthebill.gop.  You can also find additional information on Congressman Johnson’s website. 

 

“On this day, I think it’s important to first remember why Obamacare isn’t working,” said Johnson. “You see, Obamacare is failing – just like my fellow Republicans and I warned when it was first signed into law.  Insurers are fleeing the Obamacare exchanges, premiums are soaring, and millions of folks have chosen to forgo buying Obamacare-mandated insurance because it’s simply too expensive.  This heavy-handed government program is anything but affordable.” 

 

Johnson continued, “Since Day 1, I opposed Obamacare.  Well, now that Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, we finally have the opportunity to repeal and replace this bad law.  The first step is passing today’s version of the American Health Care Act.  I will be the first to admit this bill is by no means perfect, but it makes great strides forward within the parameters of what we are allowed to do under budget rules so that we are able to pass the bill with a simple majority in the Senate.  As folks know, there are only 52 Senate Republicans.  I look forward to seeing the Senate’s ideas and getting the best and most conservative bill possible on President Trump’s desk soon.  Bottom line: Americans have been waiting for a repeal and replace of Obamacare for seven years.  Now is the time to help provide access for the affordable health care Americans want, need, and deserve.”    

 

The American Health Care Act:

  • Repeals the individual mandate;
  • Repeals the employer mandate;
  • Gets rid of $1 trillion in tax increases that have hurt American families and businesses from all walks of life;
  • Protects folks with pre-existing conditions;
  • Allows young adults aged 26 and younger to stay on their parents’ health care plans; and
  • Provides a monthly refundable, “advance-able” tax credit for folks who participate in the individual marketplace (not folks who receive health insurance through their employer or participate in Medicare or some other federal health program).

 

Congressman Johnson’s Second Steps to Repealing and Replacing Obamacare:

 

For Veterans:

 

Ensuring IRS Provides Veterans Equal Access to Health Care

 

Our veterans have put their lives on the line to defend freedom and our individual liberties, and they are promised affordable access to health care through the VA when they return home.  However, some veterans choose to forgo this health care option.  That is why Congressman Johnson introduced the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERAN) Act on May 4th.  This bill would cement in legislation the IRS's current practice of providing eligible veterans the choice to get financial support for a private plan in lieu of enrolling in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

For Small Businesses:

 

Expanding Access & Lowering Health Care Costs for Small Businesses

 

Due to Obamacare’s burdensome and expensive regulations, fewer and fewer American small businesses are offering health care coverage – which in turn hurts American families.  That is why Congressman Johnson reintroduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101).  This bill is a commonsense solution that would empower small businesses by allowing them to join together through association health plans (AHPs) when shopping for health care plans.  Essentially, this bill would allow them to have the same strength in numbers as large businesses and labor organizations.  This bill passed the House on March 22nd.  To learn more, CLICK HERE.

 

To read his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, CLICK HERE.

 

To watch him on the House Floor discussing this bill, CLICK HERE.

 

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