As we reported earlier, “back in June, I sat down with Republican Congressman Renee Ellmers (NC), a former nurse, and House Health sub-committee member, where she divulged the little known effort that Republicans were working to replace Obamacare with and actual piece of legislation.”
After 37 votes to repeal Obamacare, on Wednesday September 18, the American Health Care Reform Act bill will be introduced to “repeal” and “replace” the controversial and unaffordable Obamacare law.
Just a few moments ago, Ellmers and other Republican law makers on the Republican Study Committee (RSC), formally unveiled the repeal and replace Obamacare bill, the American Health Care Reform Act.
-Fully repeals President Obama’s health care law, eliminating billions in taxes and thousands of pages of unworkable regulations and mandates that are driving up health care costs.
-Spurs competition to lower health care costs by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and enabling small businesses to pool together and get the same buying power as large corporations.
Reforms medical malpractice laws in a commonsense way that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients.
-Provides tax reform that allows families and individuals to deduct health care costs, just like companies, leveling the playing field and providing all Americans with a standard deduction for health insurance.-Expands access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts to be used for health care expenses.
-Safeguards individuals with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against purchasing health insurance by bolstering state-based high risk pools and extending HIPAA guaranteed availability protections.
-Protects the unborn by ensuring no federal funding of abortions.
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“We are now only days away from the implementation of Obamacare. But just last month, the administration announced another delay – this time in the implementation of cost savings for consumers. With the decisions to delay the law’s implementation, the Obama administration is now conceding that this is not just a problem, but a nightmare for the U.S. economy. That’s why today I’m happy to announce that we have a legislative answer that will repeal and replace Obamacare through the American Health Care Reform Act.”
“This bill relies on patient-centered solutions while addressing critical reforms. Vital improvements to our current healthcare system have been carefully introduced into this legislation and include purchasing insurance across state lines, ensuring coverage for pre-existing conditions, reigning in frivolous lawsuits, and saving billions in healthcare costs without penalizing small businesses for having an arbitrary number of employees. This is only the beginning as we continue to fight for all Americans and prevent the danger lurking on our doorstep with the implementation of Obamacare set to take effect on October 1st.”–Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)