Health Care Reform

Club for Growth, Conservative Allies Outline Principles for Any Path Forward on Health Care

Rachael Slobodien - May 23rd, 2018

A coalition of conservative leaders on Wednesday released essential principles that must guide any potential path forward for Congress to repeal Obamacare.

The group agreed on a set of principles that Congress must adopt in any health care legislation considered later this year or in the future. “The tax increases in Obamacare kill jobs and sap economic growth,” said former Congressman David McIntosh (R-IN), president of the Club for Growth. “Overwhelming numbers of conservative voters want Congress to repeal all of the Obamacare taxes, and not replace them with other taxes—and we agree.”

The conservative leaders reached consensus on critical elements for any Obamacare repeal, including repeal of Obamacare’s new federal health insurance requirements, all of Obamacare’s taxes, and the exemption provided to Members of Congress from Obamacare. They also outlined alternative policies conservatives should enact, including an expansion of Health Savings Accounts, reforms to the Medicaid program, and cross-state purchasing of health insurance.

The full compilation of the Health Insurance Reform Principles can be viewed here.

“We’ve seen encouraging signs in recent weeks that Congress hasn’t given up on the health care fight—and they shouldn’t,” said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. “Republicans ran in the past four election cycles on their promise to repeal Obamacare—and we’ve outlined how they can make that pledge a reality.”

“Obamacare undermines the principles of federalism, destroying states’ authority over their insurance markets,” said former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, president of of the Senate Conservatives Fund. “While some health care plans would give states back a tiny sliver of freedom by letting them waive a few regulations, we believe that Congress should restore states’ sovereignty over their insurance markets by repealing all of the new insurance requirements. Also, the administration has to respond to the 20-state lawsuit on Obamacare by June 7th. I am hopeful that President Trump will concede that Obamacare, as amended by the December Tax Reform Bill, is now unconstitutional – thereby jumpstarting Congress to get to work on this issue.”

“These principles represent a return to health care freedom,” said former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute. “I’ve always believed that Americans should have the ability to obtain quality, affordable health insurance coverage that they can buy, hold, and keep. With good conservative reforms like cross-state purchasing and Health Savings Accounts, this plan would bring those ideas closer to fruition.”

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Club for Growth Applauds Senate Passage of Tax Reform; Calls on House to Pass Senate Bill

Rachael Slobodien - December 06th, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement upon the Senate’s passage of tax reform:

 

“Congratulations to the Senate for passing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs” Act. We particularly are grateful for the hard work of conservative champions who fought tirelessly to incorporate pro-growth policies in the legislation making the list of conservative victories a long one. Between repealing the individual mandate and eliminating the SALT subsidies for high-tax states, conservatives have much to celebrate.

 

Club for Growth now calls on Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the Senate version of the bill to the House floor for passage next week.  The bill should arrive on President Trump’s desk before Christmas giving the American people a well-deserved present.  If some House members have lingering concerns, Club for Growth supports efforts to take up those reforms in another tax reform bill next year.  

 

Club for Growth looks forward to the next steps as pro-growth tax reform — and the economic prosperity it unleashes — now becomes a reality for our nation.”

House Passes Tax Reform Bill

Rachael Slobodien - November 18th, 2017

This the House of Representatives took a significant step towards reforming our nation’s broken tax code when it passed the “Jobs and Tax Cuts Act.”  Ahead of the vote, Club for Growth released a key vote alert urging members to cast a “YES” vote for the legislation.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 227-205, with thirteen Republicans – mostly from high-tax states - ultimately breaking ranks and voting against final passage.

 

The House bill is significant because it slashes the corporate tax rate, enacts full expensing and a territorial tax system, ends the Death Tax, cuts marginal tax rates for individuals, and eliminates several loopholes and deductions, including a partial elimination of the unfair state and local tax deduction (SALT).

 

However, Club for Growth appropriately recognized the House’s “Jobs and Tax Cuts” Act legislation was not without faults.  Now that the House has passed its bill and ahead of the Senate passage, Club for Growth strongly urges Republican leaders to fix the problems in the bill.  For example, the House’s bubble rate for high-income earners should be eliminated as well as the 39.6 percent top tax rate.  The conference report in the Senate  must include repeal of the dreaded individual mandate.  If these changes are incorporated into the final bill, passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Trump, we believe the economy will roar.  Club for Growth is working unceasingly to ensure that those changes happen, and we will keep you posted as the debate continues to progress.

 

We are confident that these shortcomings will be addressed as the Senate continues to work on its iteration of the tax reform bill.  In fact, the Senate bill is already an improvement on the House bill in several ways.  For example, the Senate legislation includes a provision to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate.

 

Earlier this week, Club for Growth President David McIntosh coauthored an op-ed praising the Senate for including repeal of the individual mandate in its tax legislation.  As the opinion piece explained, “Given the Senate’s rules and unnecessary, self-imposed budget constraints, most improvements would require congressional tax writers to find ‘savings,’ i.e., tax increases, elsewhere in the tax code. As we have seen, those trade-offs can be painful in a town filled with corporate welfare, cronyism and self-entitlement. That is why eliminating Obamacare’s individual mandate tax penalty is such a politically advantageous option available.”

 

The op-ed in Real Clear Politics went on to explain additional reasons why it is advantageous for the Senate to include a repeal of the individual mandate. “First, recent polling suggests a plurality — roughly 45 percent of voters — support the Republicans’ tax reform efforts.  According to a 2017 YouGov poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans want the individual mandate repealed. That number jumps to 81 percent when looking just at Trump voters. In other words, including repeal will increase the popularity of the tax package.  Second, eliminating the individual mandate penalty will alter the CBO’s health insurance coverage calculation when Republicans return to repeal-and-replace next year.  Remember, the CBO routinely estimated that 15+ million people would “lose” insurance coverage because the bill eliminated the individual mandate, handing the media and the left a powerful talking point against any future reform.”

 

While the Senate bill has many strengths, more can be done to strengthen it.  For example, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) this week indicated he cannot support the legislation in its current form.  As The Wall Street Journal reported, Senator Johnson has concerns about the treatment of pass-throughs and family-owned businesses.  Senator Johnson’s hesitations are warranted, and Club for Growth also wants to make certain that tax reform includes the best treatment of pass-through businesses.  In order to achieve the most pro-growth policies and unleash the greatest amount of economic growth, it is imperative Congress do as much as possible to lessen the burdens family-owned businesses and corporations face.  We are confident that Senator Johnson’s concerns will be worked out and that the Senate will deliver on a pro-growth tax reform bill.

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.