Goodlatte Supports Repeal of Obamacare
House Advances American Health Care Act
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by a vote of 217-213. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement after voting in support of the AHCA:
“Obamacare is collapsing. Just yesterday, Aetna announced that it will leave Virginia’s Obamacare insurance marketplace, leaving 27 counties with only one insurer to pick from in 2018. Iowans are on the verge of having no insurers participating in the marketplace next year at all. In Arizona, insurance premiums are set to increase by more than 100 percent. From dwindling choices and higher premiums and deductibles to the loss of access to doctors, it’s easy to see why this mess of big government mandates and regulations has failed so many families.
“The time to act is now. The American Health Care Act is Congress’ opportunity to fix the health insurance system and put patients back in charge of their health care. The AHCA expands health savings accounts, giving patients more options of how to spend and save their hard-earned money. This bill also protects life by blocking funding for Planned Parenthood and directing that funding instead to Community Health Centers, like the ones serving many communities in the Sixth District. And most importantly, despite what you’ve read online or heard on the news, under the AHCA no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. In fact, new protections are included in the AHCA for these individuals.
“The status quo cannot continue when we know that we as a nation can do better. I told my constituents that I would stand for them to repeal Obamacare, and I intend to keep that promise. Passing the American Health Care Act is the first step in repealing Obamacare and ensuring Americans have access to affordable health care.”