Brady: “Obamacare is imploding, and we’re just seeing prices skyrocket”

June 1, 2017 — Blog   

Our health care system continues to deteriorate under Obamacare. Americans are facing fewer choices, higher costs, and less access to the care they need. Just look at the news from last week:

  • Premiums have more than doubled under Obamacare. According to data from the previous Administration, millions of Americans are now paying twice as much—on average $3,000 more—for insurance on the individual marketplaces than they were in 2013.
  • 25 more counties will have zero Obamacare insurance options. The last Obamacare insurer in parts of Missouri, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, announced its decision to withdraw from Obamacare’s individual marketplace in 2018. That leaves hundreds of thousands more Americans with few, if any, places to turn for coverage.

Describing the urgent need to repeal and replace Obamacare, economist Stephen Moore wrote in The Washington Times:

“If we stay with Obamacare, within a few years tens of millions will have no insurance at all that is even remotely affordable. Aetna, Humana, and other major insurers in just recent months have fled Obamacare. The Titanic has hit the iceberg and it is rapidly sinking … Here’s a prediction: by the end of the year we could have nearly half the country without insurers if this spiral continues.”

House Republicans took action to rescue the American people from this failing law by passing the American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office confirmed:

  • Lowers average premiums in the individual marketplace by 4 to 30 percent or more, depending on the state.
  • Delivers nearly $1 trillion of relief from Obamacare taxes.
  • Provides individuals and families freedom to choose a health care plan that is right for them.

As Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) reinforced in a recent Fox News interview, these are the numbers the American people care about:

Health care is about people, it’s about their lives, the numbers they care about is, you know, do I have any choices in plans? One, two, zero? You know, how much is this going to cost and can I afford to use it? And will I be able to see my local doctors and go to my local hospitals? Or do I have to drive hundreds of miles to get just basic care?”

Chairman Brady concluded:

Obamacare is imploding, and we’re just seeing prices skyrocket and insurers flee the market. Look, status quo, doing nothing, isn’t an option. Senate Republicans, I’m confident, are going to move forward on this.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about the House Republican bill to repeal Obamacare and lay the foundation for a health care system with lower costs and more choices.