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Club for Growth: Senate Bill Is Not Obamacare Repeal

Rachael Slobodien - June 27th, 2017

“Only in Washington does repeal mean restore.  Because that’s exactly what the Senate GOP healthcare bill does: it restores Obamacare.”

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to the Senate GOP’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.”  In his statement, McIntosh also outlines ways in which the Senate should improve its current legislation:

“For seven long years, Americans have waited for health care reform that would repeal the disaster that is Obamacare,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.  “The Club for Growth and the American people took Republicans in Congress at their word when they promised to repeal every word – ‘root and branch’ – of Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered approach to health care.”

“Only in Washington does repeal translate to restore.  Because that’s exactly what the Senate GOP healthcare bill does: it restores Obamacare.  And while it’s hard to imagine, in some ways the Senate’s legislation would make our nation’s failing healthcare system worse.

“At the time of the House bill’s passage, Club for Growth was adamant that the Senate bill needed to be an improvement over the House bill.

“Sadly, what the Senate has produced is Obamacare-light.   It fails to repeal Obamacare, and the legislation fails to help hard-working American families have affordable health insurance.

“There are numerous flaws in the current Senate version:

  • For starters, the Senate bill is a $292 billion tax increase from the House bill.
  • The Senate bill claims to save taxpayers billions in spending with Medicaid reforms.  In actuality, they punt the difficult task of cutting spending to a future Congress—almost assuring that it will never happen.  This will bankrupt future generations due to Senate Republicans’ lack of political courage.
  • Americans will continue to pay higher health insurance premiums.   The Senate bill leaves untouched Obamacare’s most onerous regulations, which have forced millions of Americans and small businesses to drop their health insurance because of higher premiums and deductibles.
  • The Senate bill creates Republican mandates and penalties for Americans who can’t afford the Obamacare-light health insurance.

“From the beginning of this debate, Club for Growth was crystal clear about what constituted a real repeal of Obamacare.  Repeal all the tax increases, repeal the mandates, and repeal the regulations that make health insurance unaffordable. The Senate GOP’s healthcare bill falls woefully short on all three.

“Given the inadequacies in the current version of the Senate bill, the Club for Growth urges Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to take the time necessary to get it right.  The Senate bill can be cured, and the Club for Growth will not oppose the bill’s passage if a few important changes are made. 

  • First, the Senate should adopt language that will allow an insurer that sells a fully compliant plan the ability to also sell any plan that a consumer would like to purchase.  Alternatively, the legislation should allow the states to opt-out of all Title I regulations.
  • Second, in order to equalize the tax treatment with employer-sponsored plans, individuals should be allowed to pay for insurance premiums with their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
  • Third, all of the Obamacare taxes must be repealed.

“Absent these reasonable changes to drive down the cost of premiums and provide consumers with more choices and more freedom, the Club for Growth will oppose the ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.’”

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Club for Growth PAC Congratulates Ralph Norman

Rachael Slobodien - June 21st, 2017

‘Ralph’s victory sends a clear message to Congress: voters want pro-growth economic policies from Washington.’

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC released the following statement congratulating its endorsed candidate, Ralph Norman, for winning the tonight’s special election in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District: 

“Club for Growth PAC was honored to be among the first to officially endorse Ralph in his for bid Congress,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.  Today, the people of South Carolina’s 5th district should also feel honored to have such a principled conservative to represent them in Congress. 

“Ralph campaigned on repealing Obamacare, lowering taxes, and balancing the budget.  His victory tonight sends a clear message to Washington, one we hope it hears—voters want to see Congress act to implement pro-growth economic policies. 

“Club for Growth looks forward to working with Ralph as he serves the people of South Carolina.  We are grateful to have him as our newest ally in Congress, and we will continue to join together fighting for economic growth and opportunity.” 

  • Ralph Norman was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC on May 9, 2017.
  • Club for Growth and Club for Growth Action invested more than $861,000 on independent expenditures in support of Ralph, in addition to Club members bundling directly to the Norman campaign through the Club for Growth PAC.

Club for Growth PAC and Club for Growth Action are political arms of the Club for Growth, a 501(c)(4).

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Club for Growth Urges House Republicans to Bat Down Talk of a BAT

Rachael Slobodien - June 20th, 2017

“A border adjustment tax is a ball and chain that is dragging down real, pro-growth tax reform.”

Washington, DC – Today, ahead of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) speech at the National Association of Manufacturers, Club for Growth President David McIntosh offered the following statement outlining factors that make for pro-growth tax reform.  In his statement, McIntosh also encourages Republicans to resist implementing a border adjustment tax as part of any tax reform proposal.

“Roughly one year ago this week, House Speaker Ryan unveiled the House Republicans’ blueprint to overhaul the tax code,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh stated.  “In an attempt to craft pro-growth tax reform, the blueprint called for lower tax rates and a territorial tax system for international corporations.”

“But, here we are a year later, and Congress has made little progress towards cutting taxes – even though voters overwhelmingly sent Republicans to Washington with a clear mandate to reduce taxes.

“The biggest impediment to pro-growth tax reform is the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT).   It is a political loser.  The BAT has become a ball and chain that is dragging down real, pro-growth tax reform.  The Republican Senate has made it clear that the BAT is a nonstarter.  President Trump’s proposal also wisely sidesteps the issue entirely – choosing correctly to focus on pro-growth tax cuts, rather than middle class tax increases, which would be the inevitable consequence of a BAT.   

“Any member who campaigned on lowering taxes should not even entertain the idea of a BAT.  However, Speaker Ryan and a few members of Congress, like Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), continue to push the idea of a border adjustment tax.  Their unwillingness to abandon the proposal now threatens to doom the best prospects Republicans have to pass meaningful tax reform.

“No matter how Rep. Brady and others may try to sell it—like with a five-year transition period—a BAT will effectively be a $5 trillion tax hike on American consumers.  Those in favor of a BAT try to rationalize it by arguing it is necessary to lower tax rates on corporations.   Club for Growth flatly rejects Speaker Ryan’s green eyeshade notion that in order to pass pro-growth tax cuts, Republicans have to raise taxes.  The BAT would do so at the expense of hardworking American families struggling to make ends meet.  Republicans in Congress should not support it.

“Since its inception, Club for Growth has fought to enact tax reform to lessen the tax burden on American families and businesses and in so doing, unleash economic growth.  Just last week, Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform made the case for lasting tax reforms by extending the budget window beyond ten years.  And that’s one of many pro-growth approaches to tax reform, but the border adjustment tax is not.”

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Club for Growth Draws a Line in the Sand on Obamacare Repeal

Rachael Slobodien - June 13th, 2017

“This bill must be a real repeal of Obamacare; it must help hardworking Americans to be able to buy affordable health insurance.”

Washington, DC –As the Senate continues to work through what should constitute an Obamacare repeal bill, Club for Growth President David McIntosh drew a line in the sand and released the following statement:

“While we await the release of the Senate bill’s text, one thing that is not open to debate or interpretation is that this bill must be a real repeal of Obamacare; it must help hardworking Americans to be able to buy affordable health insurance,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

“There are two tests for whether the Senate bill is an improvement over the House bill:

First, the Senate bill must do more to reduce the costs of health insurance premiums.  This means further rolling back Obamacare regulations and opening up competition across state lines.

Second, the Senate bill must be a real repeal of the other portions of Obamacare, including the tax hikes and dramatic expansion of Medicaid.

Club for Growth has long fought to repeal Obamacare—and would like to see a repeal bill pass— but current discussions should not lead to a weakening of what constitutes a real repeal of Obamacare.”

Today, the Club for Growth also joined with Americans for Tax Reform and nearly 50 conservative groups and sent a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch urging him to include a repeal of Obamacare’s taxes in the Senate’s forthcoming Obamacare repeal legislation.  Here is a link to view the letter in its entirety.

Op-Ed in The Hill: ObamaCare repeal must include Medicaid reform

Rachael Slobodien - June 05th, 2017

Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh and Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, coauthored an op-ed in The Hill.  In the piece, the two explain the need to include Medicaid reform in efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Read the op-ed in its entirety here and an excerpt below.


 

ObamaCare Repeal Must Include Medicaid Reform

The Hill

By: David McIntosh and Michael Needham
June 5, 2017

At this point it is clear that Republicans have no intention to repeal ObamaCare “root and branch” as so many promised on the campaign trail. Many congressional Republicans have begrudgingly accepted that a significant number of their colleagues were only pretending. Since coming to that conclusion, those conservatives are plotting a path forward in the repeal and replace debate that respects taxpayers and drives down the skyrocketing cost of health insurance. That dynamic was on full display in the House as the conservative Freedom Caucus and a handful of moderates worked in good faith to address the crippling costs of ObamaCare’s regulatory architecture.

A similar opportunity exists in the Senate to improve both the regulatory reforms and various other provisions, but there are serious policy risks in the upper chamber as well. One of the most notable is that some moderate Republican Senators are trying to delay the phase out of ObamaCare’s generous Medicaid expansion subsidy and increase the program’s growth rate. Having already conceded on full repeal of ObamaCare, conservatives should resist attempts to essentially lock the failed law’s over-subsidization of the Medicaid expansion in place.

The notion that the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) does not provide a soft enough landing for Medicaid expansion states to transition into a new financing system is inaccurate. If the AHCA were to become law, ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid to cover able-bodied, childless adults will remain. . .

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