The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Celebrates House Passage of the American Health Care Act

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 4, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is the first major step in repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, “On behalf of CCAGW’s more than one million members and supporters, I am pleased that House Republicans reached an agreement and made good on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.  For seven long years, Obamacare has plagued Americans with dreadful mandates and taxes, which have caused premiums and deductibles to skyrocket, while insurers have been fleeing from the marketplace.  Taxpayers can delight in the hope that the Senate will soon do its part so that America’s long healthcare nightmare will end.”

The AHCA includes numerous pro-taxpayer reforms, including repeal of the individual mandate and the employer mandate penalty taxes, along with the termination of taxes on medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and health insurance, all of which have driven up costs.  The bill grants states unprecedented flexibility to be “laboratories of democracy” in how they serve the needs of low-income citizens, individuals with special health needs, and those with pre-existing conditions, while also providing financial stability to the healthcare system.

The bill also accomplishes the most substantial reforms to Medicaid since the program was enacted in 1965.  It halts further fiscally irresponsible Medicaid expansion, and modernizes financing of the program by utilizing block grants, which would allow states to innovate and deliver better healthcare for their citizens.

The House also passed H.R. 2192, which ensures that members of Congress and their staff are no longer exempt from Obamacare, and will be subject to the same system as everyone else.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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