Chairman Brady, Speaker Ryan, Weigh in On Obamacare Repeal Action

Historic Vote Begins Replacement of Controversial Law

By  USDR.

Today, the House passed a resolution that gives Congress the legislative tools to repeal and replace Obamacare. Upon passage, Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee weighed in with a  Statement:

“Today, the House took a critical first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act and delivering relief to the millions of Americans who continue to be hurt by skyrocketing premiums, dwindling choices, and higher  taxes.

“People in my district and across the country sent a clear signal in November. They are sick of Obamacare. It hasn’t improved their care, lowered their costs, or kept its other promises. With today’s repeal vote, we are sending a clear signal of our own: relief is on the  way.

“In the weeks ahead, Ways and Means Republicans will work to repeal the law’s harmful taxes and mandates and move forward with the thoughtful, step-by-step health care solutions Texans and all Americans  deserve.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) also released the following  statement:

“By taking this first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused. Too many families have seen costs soar, quality drop, and choices reduced to one—which just isn’t a choice at all. This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health  care.”

“My colleagues, I rise to urge our colleagues in the House to support this resolution—let me tell you why. This provides Congress with the legislative tools that we need to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a critical first step toward delivering relief to Americans who are struggling under this  law.

“In the weeks ahead, several steps will be taken to provide relief. Some steps will be taken by this body. Some steps will be taken by the new administration, including, after he is confirmed as HHS Secretary, our own colleague from Georgia, Mr.  Price.

“Our goal is a truly patient-centered system, which means more options to choose from, lower costs, and greater control over your coverage. And as we work to get there, we will make sure that there is a stable transition period so that people don’t have the rug pulled out from under them. So this will be a thoughtful, step-by-step process, and we welcome ideas from both sides of the  aisle.

“But today I can’t help but think back when we were debating this law in 2010, what was said at the time. I was a member of the minority then. I stood right here and pleaded with the majority not to do this. Don’t take something so personal like your health care and subject it to a big government experiment. Don’t do something so arrogant and so contrary to our founding principles. But they pushed it all the way through, making all kinds of  promises.

“People were promised that their premiums would go down, but instead they are skyrocketing. Look at the new premium increases announced just this year: Kansas, 42 percent increase in their premiums; Illinois, 43 percent; Pennsylvania, 53 percent; Nebraska, 51 percent; Alabama, 58 percent; Minnesota, 59 percent; Tennessee, 63 percent increase in premiums; Oklahoma, 69 percent increase this year in premiums; Arizona, 116 percent increase in their  premiums.  

“People were promised, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep it.’ Well, guess what—that was rated the ‘Lie of the Year’ that year. People lost their plans. People were promised all sorts of choices—you’ll have all these great menus of choices to choose from—a third of all the counties in America today, you get one choice. Five whole states, one insurer. If you have one choice, that’s not a choice—that’s a  monopoly. 

“My colleagues, this experiment has failed. This law is collapsing while we speak. We have to step in before things get worse. This is nothing short of a rescue mission. By taking this step today, we are doing what is right. We are stepping in and stopping the collapse from doing more harm to the working families of America, to bring the kind of relief and to bring the kind of solutions that we need to really achieve the noble goal here: Everyone in America should have access to affordable health care, including people with preexisting  conditions.

“This is what we want to achieve, but that’s not what’s happening under Obamacare. The law is collapsing, the insurers are pulling out, people can’t afford it, the deductibles are so high it doesn’t even feel like you have insurance in the first place. This is a rescue mission. This is a necessary move. And I urge all of our colleagues to do what is right—because the time is urgent. And, on top of this, to my colleagues, we need to keep our promise that we made to the American people, and this helps us do just  that.”

“My colleagues, I rise to urge our colleagues in the House to support this resolution—let me tell you why. This provides Congress with the legislative tools that we need to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a critical first step toward delivering relief to Americans who are struggling under this  law.

“In the weeks ahead, several steps will be taken to provide relief. Some steps will be taken by this body. Some steps will be taken by the new administration, including, after he is confirmed as HHS Secretary, our own colleague from Georgia, Mr.  Price.

“Our goal is a truly patient-centered system, which means more options to choose from, lower costs, and greater control over your coverage. And as we work to get there, we will make sure that there is a stable transition period so that people don’t have the rug pulled out from under them. So this will be a thoughtful, step-by-step process, and we welcome ideas from both sides of the  aisle.

“But today I can’t help but think back when we were debating this law in 2010, what was said at the time. I was a member of the minority then. I stood right here and pleaded with the majority not to do this. Don’t take something so personal like your health care and subject it to a big government experiment. Don’t do something so arrogant and so contrary to our founding principles. But they pushed it all the way through, making all kinds of  promises.

“People were promised that their premiums would go down, but instead they are skyrocketing. Look at the new premium increases announced just this year: Kansas, 42 percent increase in their premiums; Illinois, 43 percent; Pennsylvania, 53 percent; Nebraska, 51 percent; Alabama, 58 percent; Minnesota, 59 percent; Tennessee, 63 percent increase in premiums; Oklahoma, 69 percent increase this year in premiums; Arizona, 116 percent increase in their  premiums.  

“People were promised, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep it.’ Well, guess what—that was rated the ‘Lie of the Year’ that year. People lost their plans. People were promised all sorts of choices—you’ll have all these great menus of choices to choose from—a third of all the counties in America today, you get one choice. Five whole states, one insurer. If you have one choice, that’s not a choice—that’s a  monopoly. 

“My colleagues, this experiment has failed. This law is collapsing while we speak. We have to step in before things get worse. This is nothing short of a rescue mission. By taking this step today, we are doing what is right. We are stepping in and stopping the collapse from doing more harm to the working families of America, to bring the kind of relief and to bring the kind of solutions that we need to really achieve the noble goal here: Everyone in America should have access to affordable health care, including people with preexisting  conditions.

“This is what we want to achieve, but that’s not what’s happening under Obamacare. The law is collapsing, the insurers are pulling out, people can’t afford it, the deductibles are so high it doesn’t even feel like you have insurance in the first place. This is a rescue mission. This is a necessary move. And I urge all of our colleagues to do what is right—because the time is urgent. And, on top of this, to my colleagues, we need to keep our promise that we made to the American people, and this helps us do just  that.”

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