Vote YES on HR 1628
March 22, 2017
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
You will soon vote on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). 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 this legislation.
The passage of H.R. 1628 is a major step to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The bill repeals the individual mandate and the employer mandate, along with terminating taxes on medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and health insurance, all of which have helped to drive up costs. It also provides the most substantial reforms to Medicaid since the program was enacted in 1965. It stops Medicaid expansion and enables states to choose either a block grant or per-capita cap funding mechanism, providing the flexibility and innovation necessary to deliver better healthcare for their citizens. It allows states to require that non-disabled, non-pregnant, non-elderly, abled-bodied adults work if they wish to receive Medicaid coverage and puts the program on a budget for the first time.
The AHCA nearly doubles the amount that can be contributed to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), allows catch-up contributions, and increases HSA flexibility.
The bill provides advanceable, refundable tax credits to help low-income individuals purchase health insurance. Tax credits have long been a staple of conservative healthcare reform proposals, not only to purchase insurance, but also as a mechanism to equalize the tax treatment of individual and employer-based insurance.
Under the rules of reconciliation, including the Byrd Rule in the Senate, as well as the recognition that Senate Republicans do not enjoy a filibuster-proof majority of at least 60 votes, H.R 1628 does all that can be done by a simple majority to repeal and replace Obamacare with market-oriented policies.
On March 23, 2010, Obamacare became the law of the land and put the federal bureaucracy in charge of healthcare. Seven years and billions of dollars later, it is in a “death spiral.” Millions of Americans are facing uncertainty about their healthcare choices. Congress needs to act soon to stabilize the healthcare marketplace. The AHCA, and the initiatives being undertaken by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, are designed to reverse Obamacare’s overreach, return power over health insurance back to the states, and create patient-centered healthcare that will revive the direct relationship between doctors and patients.
I urge you to vote for H.R. 1628. If this bill does not pass, it is likely that Obamacare will remain the law of the land, an outcome that is unacceptable. All votes on the bill will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings.