Today, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 3762 – Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act by a vote of 240 to 189. The bill repeals major provisions of the president’s health care law and defunds abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, redirecting health funding to community health centers.
“This gridlock-busting bill dismantles the controversial and unpopular Affordable Care Act, repeals Democrat tax increases that force American jobs overseas and punishes American workers who have good health care insurance, empties a huge slush fund, and ends taxpayer funding of the gruesome practices at Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.
Because the Senate still has not acted on the full repeal of ObamaCare the House sent them nine months ago, this bill uses a traditional budget process to allow the Senate to pass the bill with a simple majority and it’s the best opportunity for the Senate to finally deliver on their promises to send these bills to the president’s desk.”
Background: The bill, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762) repeals major provisions of Obamacare including:
- Automatic enrollment requirement that requires employers with more than 200 employees to automatically enroll new full-time equivalents employees into a qualifying health plan if offered by that employer, and to automatically continue enrollment of current employees ($7.9 billion in savings)
- The Obamacare slush fund known as the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Prohibits federal funds for 1 year for Planned Parenthood, which includes its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, and clinics and increases funding to the Community Health Center Fund by $235 million. ($12.5 billion in savings)
- The Individual and Employer Mandates, the Medical Device Tax, and the health insurance “Cadillac Tax.” ($37.1 billion in savings)
According to CBO, the bill would reduce the deficit by $130 billion over 10 years. The bill reported by the Budget Committee reflects the combined submissions of the three authorizing committees: Education and Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means.