Brady Lays Out Next Steps on Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

February 16, 2017 — Blog   

House Republicans are continuing to work on legislation that will repeal Obamacare and lay the groundwork for a patient-centered, 21st century health care system.

As Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said today:

“This week Republicans really began to lay out our plan. First, to provide relief from the taxes and the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, really important to families and our local businesses. We also began identifying some key replacement parts. Especially in the sense of how do we begin to restore state control of health care so states can tailor it a bit more closely to their families. And how do we begin to restore the free market so Americans have more choices and more affordable care than what they have today? … 

“We’re going to continue to work through this through the district work period next week. And as we come back in the weeks ahead we’re going to be moving forward with legislation.”

On repealing Obamacare, the Chairman said:

“In the Ways and Means jurisdiction, we focus on … repealing the taxes, the penalties for the mandates, and the subsidies.” 

“I will just tell you I don’t want Americans to suffer under the Obamacare taxes. They are anti-growth, they drive the prices of health care up. I just think they’re bad all around.”

On replacing Obamacare, the Chairman said:

“Critical to restoring the free market in insurance is to make sure that Americans have greater control of their health savings accounts. That they’re bigger and more flexible. Also, [we began] discussions on individual tax credits so Americans who don’t get health care at work, don’t get it from a government program like Medicare or the VA, can still have the option of choosing a plan that’s personalized to their needs. That can travel with them throughout their lifetime, that’s adjusted for age because costs go up as you grow, adjusted to your family, as well. And can be used in plans that states approve.”

“And our proposal would be to unlock that health care help from work so you can get it outside of work. As a mom and pop, an entrepreneur, in between jobs, or if you’re an early retiree, for example, those types of Americans who need good quality healthcare. So the goal would be to unlock it from work and structure it in such a way that we preserve employer-sponsored health care, which is where 150 million Americans get theirs, we want more of that to occur. But do it in a way that helps finance the individual tax credit.”

“We want a credit that is credible and real. Both to buy catastrophic plans and low-cost plans for the healthy but also credible in that it can buy a full, robust, health care plan for a family of 5 or an early retiree who really needs that broad rein.”

BACKGROUND:

In the coming weeks, Ways and Means will advance solutions that will:

Deliver relief from the Obamacare taxes and mandates that have hurt job creators, increased premium costs, and limited options for patients and health care providers. This includes eliminating the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into expensive, inadequate Obamacare plans that they don’t want and cannot afford.

Enhance Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) by empowering individuals and families to spend their health care dollars the way they want and need—not the way Washington prescribes. For example, our proposal increases the amount of money an individual or family can put into their HSA, and allows individuals and families to spend money from their HSA on “over-the-counter” health care items.

Provide all Americans access to portable, monthly tax credits that they can use to buy a health insurance plan that’s right for them—not one tied to a job or a government-mandated program. The credits—which are advanceable and refundable— are based on age, so as individuals’ health needs evolve over time, so will their monthly, portable tax credit. The credits can travel with them from job to job, state to state, home to start a business or raise a family, and even into retirement.

CLICK HERE to read more about House Republicans’ health care plan, A Better Way for Health Care Reform.

CLICK HERE to read more about the solutions Ways and Means Republicans are working to deliver.

CLICK HERE to watch a video of W&M Members speaking out about their constituents who have been hurt by Obamacare.

CLICK HERE to read how Obamacare’s failures impacted Americans across the country.

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