House Sends Obamacare Repeal to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON—Today, underscoring that the Affordable Care Act has put healthcare out of reach for many Americans, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted to pass legislation to repeal the law’s most onerous provisions, effectively dismantling it. The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which used a fast-track reconciliation process to force a vote in the Senate, now goes to the President’s desk. The bill also defunds Planned Parenthood for a year and directs the funding to qualified community health centers that provide healthcare for women and children.

“For the first time the President will be forced to face up to the failures of his healthcare law. By using reconciliation, a tool available for use only once per year, the House was able to end-run the Senate filibuster and get this critical bill to the President’s desk. If he vetoes this repeal effort, the President will be admitting that he is unwilling to fix the failures of the law and work toward accessible and affordable healthcare for all Americans—something Obamacare has drastically failed to do. We won’t relent or be distracted by the President’s obstruction and will continue to advance conservative legislation through the House,” said Tipton. “As we’ve traveled in our district we’ve heard firsthand from constituents struggling to afford or access healthcare because of Obamacare.  On the West Slope I spoke with an electrician who owns a sole proprietorship. His rates under Obamacare are tripling from about $400 to $1200 a month for him and his wife, and they don’t have an extra $800 a month for healthcare, putting it out of reach. We can do better as a country. To realize affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans, we must move toward a patient-centered, market-based healthcare system that empowers patients and doctors, enacts tort reform, allows for greater flexibility, portability and cost savings through competition, while continuing to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions. These are the types of ideas Republicans are working on in the House and will continue to advocate for the American people.”

In the 113th and 114th Congresses, the House has voted four times to fully repeal Obamacare.  Because of House repeal efforts, the President has signed into law over ten pieces of legislation to defund or repeal portions of the law, and the Administration has issued over 30 delays for the implementation of certain aspects and deadlines contained within Obamacare.

From defunding, dismantling and repeal, to challenging the legality of Obamacare in court, the House is fighting to restore freedom in healthcare decisions for Americans and increase affordability and accessibility. The House lawsuit against the President’s unilateral actions on Obamacare is moving forward in the courts after being given standing by the the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled that “The House of Representatives has standing to pursue its allegations that the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and of the Treasury violated Article I, § 9, cl. 7 of the Constitution when they spent public monies that were not appropriated by the Congress.” The House filed the lawsuit in November of 2014.

Tipton has cosponsored numerous pieces of legislation to replace Obamacare, including the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300), introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a medical doctor. Learn more about that bill HERE.


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