CCAGW Supports Obamacare Repeal

March 1, 2017

The Honorable Kevin Brady
Chairman
Committee on Ways and Means
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Greg Walden
Chairman
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Chairman Brady and Chairman Walden,

On behalf of the more than 1.2 million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I am writing to express support for your efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  CCAGW appreciates the work you and your colleagues are doing to rid Americans of this harmful law, which has wasted billions of dollars on failed websites and CO-OPs, raised premiums and deductibles instead of lowering them, and driven insurers out of the exchanges, leaving 70 percent of U.S. counties with only one or two insurers to choose from.  As Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said, Obamacare “is in a death spiral.”

An Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resource document and a legislative discussion draft were leaked in February.  While CCAGW does not know if these documents represent a final product, we are pleased that many policy measures are included that have garnered our support in the past.  For example, the proposal eliminates the individual and employer mandate taxes and stops Medicaid expansion, while converting Medicaid to a per capita allotment and putting the states in charge of the program.  CCAGW has always supported Health Savings Accounts because they give purchasing power to consumers, and we agree they should be expanded.  We also support tax credits to assist people in the individual market.

As you know, robust tax relief can spur the economy.  Therefore, we are particularly pleased to see that the proposal eliminates many of the corrosive taxes created by Obamacare, such as those on over-the-counter medicines, medical devices, prescription pharmaceuticals, and health insurance premiums.  As President Ronald Reagan said, “You can’t tax business.  Business doesn’t pay taxes.  It collects taxes.”  These taxes should be eliminated in 2017, either through an Obamacare repeal bill or a tax reform bill.

While the proposal has many important provisions, there’s little doubt that Americans want the law repealed as soon as possible.  Republicans have made huge gains in federal and state elections running against this law since it was enacted in 2010, and Obamacare repeal was one of the top issues in the 2016 presidential campaign.  In spite of the manufactured town hall protests occurring across the country and push-polls that suddenly say otherwise, this law is unpopular.

We strongly support your efforts to repeal Obamacare this year.  We encourage you to provide the policy changes that will give the American people more control over their healthcare, including the ability to purchase the kind of health insurance policies they want and need.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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