Brooks Votes to Repeal Obamacare and Reform Healthcare
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) voted for H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and H.R. 2192, to ensure that the AHCA and its provisions apply to all Members of Congress and Congressional staff. The AHCA repeals Obamacare, restores competition and choice to the healthcare marketplace, and lowers insurance premiums.
“Today, we kept our promise to the American people. We repealed Obamacare and took the first steps towards achieving more affordable healthcare choices and coverage for Americans with passage of the American Health Care Act in the House,” Brooks said. “There has been some misinformation about what this bill does, and I want to correct the record. Most importantly, this legislation ensures that no one can be denied coverage, including people with pre-existing conditions. In addition, no one, regardless of health status, will be charged higher premiums if they maintain their coverage. Finally, this bill prohibits insurers from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition.”
“This legislation should lower costs for Hoosiers and offers advanceable, refundable tax credits to help people afford healthcare coverage. It will increase competition and choice in the healthcare marketplace, repeal harmful taxes like the medical device tax, eliminate burdensome mandates and the IRS penalty, and put decisions about your healthcare back in your hands. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to put this bill on the President’s desk.”
H.R. 2192 passed the House unanimously and amends the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff. This will correct the parliamentary error that initially excluded Members of Congress and their staff.
The AHCA repeals Obamacare’s taxes and mandate penalties, and helps transfer control of healthcare back to the American people and the states. The amendment offered by Representative MacArthur empowers states through a waiver process to lower premiums and expand options while maintaining key patient protections. For those living in states that elect to pursue a waiver, the amendment offered by Representatives Upton and Long further solidifies Congress’ commitment to provide financial support to those who may be subject to an increase in their monthly premium rates as a result of the State’s waiver. Specifically, the AHCA:
- Ensures that no one can be denied coverage or benefits based on pre-existing conditions.
- Prohibits lifetime limits on coverage and prohibits insurance companies from turning away people when they renew their plan simply because they may be sick.
- Protects people, including those with pre-existing conditions, from premium hikes if they maintain coverage.
- Allows kids under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ plan.
- Repeals the medical device tax.
- Reduces the federal deficit and provides nearly $1 trillion in tax relief.
- Provides an advanceable, refundable tax credit for low and middle income people and families who do not receive an offer of job-based health insurance or have access to programs like Medicare or Medicaid.
- Expands access to health savings accounts (HSAs), nearly doubling the amount of money individuals and families can contribute and broadening how people can use it.
- Preserves job-based health insurance, provides relief from the current law’s Cadillac tax, and improves fairness and flexibility for those purchasing insurance in the employer marketplaces.
- Provides additional support for those with high health care costs – including older low and middle income Americans.
- Provides states with $100 billion to design programs that meet the unique needs of their patient population and help low-income Americans access affordable healthcare.
- Includes $15 billion for maternity coverage and newborn care, and mental health and substance abuse disorders.
- Reforms and modernizes Medicaid to prioritize the most vulnerable people in our state.
More information, including the full text of the AHCA and subsequent amendments is available online at passthebill.gop.