Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Opening Statement at Markup of the American Health Care Act

Mar 8, 2017
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a markup of portions of the American Health Care Act, a bill that repeals Obamacare and begins the process of rebuilding our healthcare markets. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) is participating in the markup and gave the following opening statement, text as prepared, before the Committee:

“Today’s markup is the beginning of an open and transparent process that will repeal Obamacare and rebuild our healthcare system so that Americans’ healthcare coverage works better for them. Today, 45 percent of people paying a penalty for not buying insurance or who have requested an exemption under the Obamacare individual mandate are under 35 years old. The mandate is bad policy, and it doesn't work. I’ve been hearing this from my constituents for years. Young, healthy people simply aren't buying insurance coverage which is driving up costs and premiums for everyone who does. Our plan encourages people of all ages to enroll in a plan that is right for them and incentivizes staying covered, making that coverage more affordable for everyone.”

“While making important reforms like this one, our plan preserves important healthcare provisions, like protecting coverage for people who have a pre-existing condition, banning lifetime caps, keeping the Medicare Part D donut hole closed and allowing young adults under the age of 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance plans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this passed.”