Bishop Fights for Families Hurt by Obamacare

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Washington, DC, January 6, 2016 | comments
"The president likes to sugarcoat the truth by telling us his health care law is working, when in reality families across Michigan are being punished with incessantly rising costs and a lack of patient-centered care," said Rep. Bishop following congressional passage of the bill to repeal Obamacare.
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Following House passage of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act to repeal Obamacare, Congressman Mike Bishop issued the following statement:

“Advancing this repeal through Congress speaks volumes of Obamacare’s persistent failures. The president likes to sugarcoat the truth by telling us his health care law is working, when in reality families across Michigan are being punished with incessantly rising costs and a lack of patient-centered care – a far cry from a ‘victory.’ Should he issue a veto, President Obama can be sure we will remain steadfast in our effort to fight for everyday families who are being crushed by the spiraling cost of health care.”

The legislation passed today is the first repeal of Obamacare to make it to the president's desk. It is also expected to save more than a half-trillion dollars over a decade.

During House debate today, Congressman Bishop mentioned two examples from his first year in office that illustrate how Obamacare continues to hurt families in Michigan’s 8th District. In 2016, the average price of healthcare premiums under Obamacare is expected to rise an average of 12.56 percent nationally. According to the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, “Michigan consumers will pay an average 6.5 percent more for health insurance in 2016.”

To view his address, go here or see the transcript below:

“I rise in strong support of today’s reconciliation bill. While it is true we’ve voted to repeal Obamacare before, there is a reason we continue to do so. We’re actually listening to our constituents. 

“Every one of us has heard Obamacare horror stories, including freshmen like me, who have been here just for a year. I continue to be inundated by grave concerns raised by families and businesses in my district.

“One individual wrote to me and said:

“‘Mr. Bishop, the Affordable Care Act is anything but.’ He explained that his family of four went from a $5,000 overall deductible to having the same deductible, per family member, in addition to having his premium doubled. ‘Where is the affordability?’ he asks.

“Another small business owner from the small town of Fowlerville in my district called the other month to say the rates for her family had more than doubled in just the past two years.

“I could go on, but we know this story all too well.

“Simply put, the president’s health care law is crushing our families and local communities. I urge my colleagues to heed their concerns and support this reconciliation package.”
 

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