Where health care goes from here

After nearly 18 hours of debate in the Ways and Means Committee, we passed the American Health Care Act on March 9 to begin the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. This was the first step in a longer process to unravel Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and reset our health care system.

Compared to the 10.3 million Americans paying for plans on the Obamacare exchanges, many of whom had coverage prior to the law, 19.2 million have chosen instead to pay the penalty or seek an exemption. When nearly two times the number of Americans are opting out of Obamacare as opting in, it is a clear indication the system is not providing what people want and need.

It makes little sense for the IRS to punish taxpayers for choosing not to purchase a product which does not work for them. The American Health Care Act repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate, allowing people to decide how best to care for themselves without facing threats from the IRS. At the same time, it keeps important patient protections in place, such as prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions.


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