Sends Repeal to President’s Desk for the First Time
Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives and Alaska Congressman Don Young approved H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, a bill to repeal the most egregious provisions and taxes at the heart of the President’s healthcare law, including penalties for the individual and employee mandate.
The passage of H.R. 3762 marks the first time Congress will send legislation to the President’s desk to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. Following its passage, Congressman Young shared the following thoughts:
“For years, the Alaskan and American people have endured the detrimental impacts of the President’s sweeping healthcare takeover. You can keep your doctor, you can keep your healthcare plans, they said. Your premiums will be lower and your deductibles will go down. Well, not a single one of these promises came true. Alaskans opposed the law long before the Obama Administration mischievously shoved it down our throats and they continue to ask Congress for relief from this overbearing and unworkable law.
“While those supporting this awful law are entitled to their own opinion, they aren’t entitled to their own facts. In Alaska, the damage is real. We have the some of the highest premium increases in the nation – skyrocketing by 30% in 2015 and 40% in 2016. Alaskans face higher out of pocket costs, less access to care and even fewer choices.
“Fulfilling a longstanding commitment to the American people, today we send legislation to repeal this broken law to the president’s desk. No matter his decision, which will ultimately favor his legislative baby and ignore the American people, we will continue to work to make a full repeal a reality and set the stage for a new president in 2017.”
“Moving forward, I am focused on empowering people to make their own healthcare choices and restoring a level of financial feasibility for healthcare. By achieving common sense, patient centered reforms, I believe American families, patients, doctors and small businesses will have the relief and flexibility they deserve.
H.R. 3762 dismantles major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the elimination of the individual mandate and employer mandate penalties, stopping any taxpayer bailout of insurance companies, and repealing a myriad of burdensome taxes – the Cadillac tax, the medical device tax, the small business, and others.
Further, the legislation blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood while redirecting funds to community health centers for women’s health. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 3762 will save the American tax payer $516 billion over the next 10 years.