SENATORS: Get on the Bill, Keep Your Word

July 21, 2017

U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C.  20510

Dear Senator,

You will soon have the opportunity to vote on a motion to proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017.  This legislation repeals and replaces parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.  From there, it is expected that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will offer an amendment to the bill that will contain the same language as H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act of 2015, which passed the Senate on December 3, 2015, by a vote of 52 to 47.   In fact, 48 of those senators voting in favor of the repeal amendment in 2015 are still serving today, while three of the four now-former senators who voted “yea” were succeeded by Republicans whose constituents elected pro-repeal candidates.  Therefore, on behalf of the more than 1.2 million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I ask that you support the motion to proceed and Leader McConnell’s amendment.

After passage of H.R. 3762, The Hill reported, “The Senate on Thursday passed legislation repealing the core pillars of ObamaCare, taking a major step toward sending such a bill to the president’s desk for the first time.  Republicans hailed it as a political messaging victory and a fulfillment of their promise from the 2014 midterm election to force President Obama to veto the landmark healthcare reform law named after him.”  The article continued, ‘“For too long, Democrats did everything to prevent Congress from passing the type of legislation necessary to help these Americans who are hurting,’ McConnell said on the floor. ‘Today, that ends.’”  The amended bill went back to the House and was approved by a vote of 240 to 181.  Unfortunately, but as expected, President Obama vetoed the measure.

President Trump will sign that same legislation into law.  The 2015 measure phased in the repeal process over two years, and Leader McConnell’s amendment will do the same.  This will give the states and the federal government the time needed to replace Obamacare with a plan that takes power out of Washington, is patient-centered, and provides choice and access to quality healthcare at an affordable price.

Since 2010, Republicans have promised in every election to repeal and replace Obamacare.  They now control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House.  Taxpayers have every expectation, therefore, that the Republican-controlled Senate should keep its promises.  All votes on H.R. 1628 will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely, 

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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