Health Care Reform

Graham-Cassidy Opens the Door to Begin a Full Repeal of Obamacare; Additional Provisions Necessary to Reduce Costly Regulations

Rachael Slobodien - September 19th, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement to encourage Senators Graham and Cassidy to include additional provisions in their legislation to reform Obamacare:

“Republicans must deliver on the nearly eight-year promise to repeal Obamacare,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

The current vehicle that opens the door to begin a full repeal of Obamacare is the Graham-Cassidy legislation.  While it is better than Obamacare, there’s no doubt this legislation still falls far short of a full repeal and does not do enough to lower health insurance costs.

One proposal that would do much to strengthen this legislation is Senator Cruz’s revised Consumer Freedom amendment to roll back the harmful and costly regulations at the heart of Obamacare.  Consistent with Graham-Cassidy, this addition would further empower states by allowing an opt-in process which gives the states an opportunity to choose which regulations to follow.  If this change is incorporated in the final version of the Graham-Cassidy legislation, Club for Growth will plan to support the bill.

“Make no mistake, passage of Graham-Cassidy legislation is not the end of the effort to repeal Obamacare.  Conservatives will continue to fight for Congress to do more to repeal Obamacare in order to protect families who have suffered greatly from increased health insurance costs.”

Conservatives Won Major Improvements to the American Health Care Act

Doug Sachtleben - May 04th, 2017

“Without changes negotiated by House conservatives, countless Americans would be assured of still paying more for health insurance in 2018 and 2019.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released this statement following House passage of the American Health Care Act:

 

“Republicans owe a debt of gratitude to conservatives for greatly improving the AHCA and getting Obamacare repeal on a path that will finally offer the chance to lower insurance costs for millions of Americans,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Two months ago the AHCA was going nowhere, precisely because it didn’t address the GOP promise to go after the drivers of higher costs. But, conservatives negotiated major improvements in the repeal of Obamacare’s taxes, the ending of the Medicaid expansion, and the opportunity to cut consumer costs by letting states waive onerous Obamacare regulations. Without those changes, the AHCA would have left countless Americans still paying more for their health insurance in 2018 and 2019. The work of House conservatives, and the ongoing work of Senate conservatives, will continue to move us toward Obamacare repeal and replacement.”

 

A summary of improvements to the AHCA can be found here.

Memo to the GOP: Millions of Americans Are Still Waiting for Affordable Health Insurance

Doug Sachtleben - May 03rd, 2017

“The AHCA is not a perfect bill, but it does offer means that would make health insurance more affordable for working-class families.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement about the current status of health care reform in the House of Representatives:

 

“As health care reform is being driven into a ditch by misinformed polls, slanted news coverage, and painful and emotional personal stories, this fact is being lost: Millions of Americans who have been buying their own health insurance have experienced annual double-digit premium increases, and they can’t afford the weak coverage they’ve gotten under Obamacare,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The American Health Care Act is not a perfect bill, and we’ve been vocal about our criticisms, but let’s be clear: It does offer means that would make health insurance more affordable for working-class families. It does preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, and it does create a new high-risk pool structure to ensure that even the most chronically ill patients are protected. Conservatives have worked hard to get to a place where more Americans will finally get the benefit of being able to choose more coverage that won’t shatter their budgets, and it’s time to pass the bill and send it on to the Senate.”

New Club for Growth TV Ad Thanks Congressman Tom MacArthur For His Work on Obamacare Repeal

Doug Sachtleben - April 27th, 2017

“Congressman MacArthur has worked with Rep. Mark Meadows to reach a compromise we can support.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement about the Club for Growth’s new TV ad that urges constituents of Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03) to thank him for his work to repeal and replace Obamacare:

“Congressman MacArthur has been at the forefront of finding a way to repeal and replace Obamacare, even while many moderate Republicans have refused to negotiate,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “His work with Congressman Mark Meadows has produced a compromise that we are able to support, and we hope his constituents will recognize the work Rep. MacArthur has done to move Congress closer to getting rid of Obamacare and lowering the cost of health insurance for many Americans.”

The Club’s new ad will run on cable TV starting on April 28 in Rep. MacArthur’s district. The ad can be seen here: https://youtu.be/3JrHq9faws0

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Club for Growth Supports Meadows-MacArthur Amendment; Urges GOP to Move Forward

Doug Sachtleben - April 26th, 2017

“Their hard work, facilitated by Vice President Pence, has yielded a compromise that the Club for Growth can support.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement about the improvements that have been negotiated for the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

 

“A month ago we said ‘conservatives and moderates… should start by meeting together to see what common ground they have.’ Today, we believe the hard work of Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) and Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), facilitated by Vice President Mike Pence, has yielded a compromise that the Club for Growth can support,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Since the AHCA was released, conservatives have done the GOP an enormous favor by pushing for needed changes that will benefit taxpayers, including the immediate repeal of Obamacare’s taxes and block-granting of Medicaid funding to states. While we’re still short of full repeal, this latest agreement would give states the chance to opt out of some of Obamacare’s costliest regulations, opening the way to greater choice and lower insurance premiums. It’s a solution that we’ve supported for weeks, and the time to move forward is now. There’s still more work to be done on this bill in the Senate and on further health care reforms, but any GOP moderates who stand in the way at this point are proving that they simply don’t want to keep their campaign promises to get rid of Obamacare.”