Congressman Bishop Comments on First Step of Health Care Reform
Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08), a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee that has jurisdiction over the American Health Care Act, issued the following statement:
“House Republicans have taken the first step of many in addressing America’s health care crisis. Obamacare is not sustainable, and because of the way it was crafted, there are no quick fixes. It must be repealed and replaced – and done as closely together as possible.
“Every day since I entered office, families, seniors, small businesses and local doctors across Michigan and the Eighth District have continued to share personal stories about the struggles they face because of Obamacare. Too many people continue to face rising costs, poor coverage and a lack of choices. Every member of Congress has constituents who have been adversely affected by the failing health care law in our nation. Doing nothing is not an option.
“That’s where the American Health Care Act comes in. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, we are focused on dismantling Obamacare’s burdensome mandates and taxes – including more than one-trillion dollars in taxes that have crushed the American people and broken the backs of our small businesses, which are the biggest job providers in our country.
“We want to make sure families and individuals can afford health care that fits their needs, regardless of income. We will do that by enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts, as well as providing a monthly, refundable tax credit to low and middle-income families. People should be able to access the coverage they want and need, in an open market that promotes quality and choice – without the government forcing them to do so.
“This is an opportunity to make our nation’s health care law work for everyone.
“The American Health Care Act returns power to the states. It modernizes Medicaid, giving states the tools and flexibility they need to best-serve local residents for generations. In fact, this is the first Medicaid entitlement reform in its 52-year history. We must make fiscally responsible decisions to preserve and strengthen the programs millions of Americans rely on for a better life.
“Job-based coverage will be preserved. Patients with pre-existing conditions will continue to have important protections, and children up to age 26 will be able to stay on their parents’ plans.
“There will be full vetting of this new legislation and an open dialogue throughout the entire process, with many more steps ahead. Everyone will know what is included before it moves on to the House floor.
“In the meantime, it is irresponsible to threaten others with fear. We will not pull the rug out from under people. There is going to be a transition period of two to three years so no one is left behind. Our plan is for more Americans to have access to better, more affordable health care that works for them, plain and simple. I am proud to support this important first step in the process and look forward to working with our district and state as we move forward.”
A two-page summary of the American Health Care Act can be found here.
A section-by-section of the Ways and Means’ portion can be found here. It is being marked up by the full committee throughout the day today. Additional information can be found on the Committee’s website here.
Information about the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s portion of the legislation and their respective markup can be found here.