Blackburn: Obamacare is Hurting People and Congress has Responded
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement after House passage of the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. This legislation is the first broad repeal of Obamacare that will be sent to the president’s desk and includes a one year moratorium on federal funds for the country’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. That money will be rerouted to community health centers to provide health services for women.
“’If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it’ was awarded the dubious distinction of ‘Lie of the Year’ in 2013. The deception has become obvious. Seven million people have lost their employer sponsored coverage. Over $700 billion has been raided from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. The exchanges, where people shop for Obamacare, are on life support with at least one insurance company saying they should never have participated and threatening to pull out next year.
“Over and over again, people at home tell us that their insurance has become too expensive to use. Premiums escalated by double digits in a single year, copayments and deductibles have likewise risen. People are learning that simply having an Obamacare insurance card is not the same as actual access to affordable healthcare. And, to make matters worse for hard working Americans, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said, Obamacare, if allowed to stand, will cost 2 million jobs over the next 10 years.
“Obamacare is hurting people and Congress has responded. Not only will today's measure to repeal Obamacare pave the path to affordable healthcare for all Americans, it will cut our nation's debt by billions," Blackburn said.