Health Care Reform

Club for Growth Supports Conservative Opposition to GOP Effort to Retain and Repair Obamacare

Doug Sachtleben - February 28th, 2017

“The Obamacare repeal that passed Congress in 2015 must be the starting point for any repeal.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in support of conservatives in Congress who say they would reject a GOP Obamacare replacement proposal that was recently leaked:

“Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell need to stand up to those in the Republican party who are fighting to retain and repair Obamacare, rather than repeal and replace it with free-market health care,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The Club for Growth stands with conservatives in the Senate and House – including Chairman Mike Lee of the Senate Steering Committee, Chairman Mark Meadows of the House Freedom Caucus, and Chairman Mark Walker of the Republican Study Committee – to urge that the starting point for any repeal be the Obamacare repeal which was passed in Congress in 2015. In addition, replacement legislation must include the kind of free-market initiatives that we’ve seen in bills like the one introduced by Senator Rand Paul and Representative Mark Sanford. Expanding Health Savings Accounts, restoring customer choice to the types of coverage available, creating interstate markets, and letting individuals and small businesses band together to buy coverage, are all key tenets of health care reform that Republicans ran on in 2016, and should fight for today. To do anything less will not lower costs or expand choice, and will leave the Republican party’s majority in jeopardy in 2018.”

Club for Growth Urges Vote on Obamacare Repeal and Replacement

Doug Sachtleben - February 16th, 2017

“Quickly schedule votes on the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, and on the new replacement legislation from Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Mark Sanford.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-01) introduced Obamacare Replacement legislation that is the companion to the Senate bill introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (KY):

“This isn’t complicated: Republican leaders on both sides of Capitol Hill should quickly schedule votes on the Obamacare repeal bill that was passed in 2015 and on the Obamacare replacement legislation from Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Mark Sanford,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “With these bills, conservatives in Congress have charted a clear course to replace Obamacare with strong free-market solutions. Voters gave Republicans the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the continued delays and discussions about repairing Obamacare need to stop.”

HHS Nominee Supports Free-Market Health Care Choices

Doug Sachtleben - January 18th, 2017

“Health care reform is finally moving away from government-centered command and control.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to published reports of the remarks of HHS Secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price at his confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee:

“Liberals are in full-on panic mode at the prospect of an HHS Secretary who wants consumers to have a ‘full array’ of choices for health care coverage,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Dr. Price affirmed his support for Health Savings Accounts and high-deductible catastrophic coverage options as ‘things that make a whole lot of sense.’ Costs and efficiency will improve as health care reform finally moves away from government-centered command and control, and toward choices and real competition.”

 

Note: Politico Pro reported that Rep. Tom Price “…would support providing  consumers with the option of high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts.” It also noted that “…he backs giving consumers a ‘full array’ of health plan choices plus the ‘voluntary choice’ of selecting one or not. ‘Health savings accounts and high-deductible catastrophic coverage are things that make a whole lot of sense,’ Price said.”

Club Urges Congress to Move on Obamacare Repeal & Replacement

Doug Sachtleben - January 13th, 2017

Club President David McIntosh was on After the Bell on Fox Business on Thursday, urging Congress to move forward with the repeal of Obamacare and replacement with free-market reform. View that clip here.

 

Op-Ed in The Hill: The longer you wait, the harder it will get — repeal ObamaCare now

Stacy French - December 21st, 2016

Read full article on The Hill website here >>

BY DAVID MCINTOSH, CONTRIBUTOR - 

For six years Republicans have fought for the opportunity to repeal and replace ObamaCare. That time has come, and there should be no delay.

 

When the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3, it should immediately pass the budget resolution that will provide the framework for repeal. The repeal bill itself should be waiting at the Oval Office when President Trump arrives on January 20.

 

That repeal should provide for the elimination of the mandates on employers and individuals, and should zero out their corresponding penalties.

 

It should end the ObamaCare taxes, like the Medical Device tax, the Medicare surtax, the penalties and limitations that were slapped on Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts, the so-called Cadillac Tax, and the other fees and excise taxes used to pay for the bureaucratic mess created by ObamaCare.

 

Lately, there has been talk of Republicans taking three years, or even longer, to complete the process of replacing ObamaCare. That’s too long.

 

ObamaCare was created by Democrats as an intentionally obtuse and complicated law. Unwinding it and putting patient-centered, free-market reforms in its place will not be easy. But this Congress should fulfill the mandate that it was given by voters.

 

By the time House and Senate members are on the ballot for re-election in Nov. 2018, ObamaCare’s taxes, mandates, market regulations, and subsidies should be things of the past.

 

The longer it takes to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the harder it will get. Democrats will use any delay or hint of hesitancy to stir up trouble.

 

It’s up to Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make it clear that Republicans haven’t simply been clamoring for this moment, but that they are prepared to seize it.

 

Contrary to the mainstream media narrative, Republicans have been putting forth good health care reform proposals, including strong plans from President-elect Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, Chairman Tom Price.

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