Washington – May 4, 2017: Following the vote in the House of Representatives to advance HR 1628 The American Health Care Act to the Senate, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released the following statement:
“In November, the American people voted for relief from the skyrocketing costs of health insurance. The legacy of Obamacare is out-of-control premiums, fewer choices for patients, and unaffordable deductibles. Today, I voted again to repeal and dismantle Obamacare. After listening to the concerns of my constituents regarding pre-existing conditions, after significant patient protections were added, and after ensuring Congress was not exempted from this legislation, I support advancing this bill to the Senate. American health insurance is in crisis, reform is not a choice, it’s a necessity.
“Right now one-third of all counties in the United States have only one insurance option and that number is climbing. Just yesterday it was reported that the entire state of Iowa could be left with no individual options to purchase health insurance in 2018. This crisis won’t fix itself. Millions of Americans have opted to pay a fine to the government and remain uninsured because it’s actually cheaper than Obamacare premiums.
“Continued improvements will be made to stabilize the industry that’s crumbling around us. This is about dismantling the Obamacare regulations that have hurt so many families and businesses in Texas. Right now, an elderly couple in Texas making $80,000 a year is mandated by Washington to buy one-size-fits-all insurance they don’t want or need. Under the AHCA, this couple would now receive an $8,000 tax credit to buy insurance that actually fits their lifestyle. Conservative principles like this have been part health insurance discussions for decades.
“We’ve seen what happens when Washington bureaucrats take charge of health insurance – health care plans you’re forced to buy but can’t afford to use. Choosing between Obamacare and the American Health Care Act is a false choice, because Obamacare is collapsing. Saying no is easy, saving insurance for American families before it’s gone is worth a yes.”