Obamacare was rammed through Congress in the middle of the night without the slightest clue of what was actually in the bill. While many braced themselves for the chaos and damage this bill was bound to unleash, we have remained dismayed at the devastation caused as countless ill-advised policies have continued to unfurl over the last six years.
The previous Administration broke promise after promise. President Obama said costs would go down, but instead hardworking Americans are left with higher costs for health care. He said that if you liked your plan, you could keep it, but millions of plans have been cancelled. Time and time again this bill has proved to be bad for business, bad for families and bad for the American people.
Each attempt by the House Republicans to repeal this law and deter its damage was lead down a dead end road by either the Senate or the President. It became clear that the only real pathway to repealing and replacing Obamacare was going to be through a Republican President. The American people seemed to agree and today we have a real opportunity to eliminate this law once and for all and fix our healthcare system.
This week the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees released The American Health Care Act, the Republican led healthcare plan that will repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan is created to lower costs, allow patients to once again make their own health care decisions and return power back to the states, not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
Unlike the democrats in 2010, we want everyone to know what is in this bill and have a say in the process of creating a system that affects their daily lives. That said, I’ve laid out several key provisions of this legislation below and encourage you to take a look at the entire bill here.
The American Health Care Act:
Dismantles the Obamacare taxes that have hurt job creators, increased premium costs, and limited options for patients and health care providers—including taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices.
Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into expensive, inadequate Obamacare plans that they don’t want and
Prohibits health insurers from denying coverage or charging more money to patients based on pre-existing conditions.
Helps young adult’s access health insurance and stabilize the marketplace by allowing dependents to continue staying on their parents’ plan until they are 26.
Establishes a Patient and State Stability Fund, which provides states with $100 billion to design programs that meet the unique needs of their patient populations and help low-income Americans afford health care.
Empowers individuals and families to spend their health care dollars the way they want and need by enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)—nearly doubling the amount of money people can contribute and broadening how people can use it.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office by sending an email through my website or giving us a call at 202-225-5772. I’m dedicated to providing a health care system that is good for business, good for families and good for the American people.
This week in Washington
Wednesday my Co-Chairman of the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus, Congressman Walz and I, hosted the annual Caucus breakfast. Reserve Component Chiefs from every service were represented and had the opportunity to share their priorities. I look forward to working with each of them to ensure the continued success of our National Guard and Reserve Component service members.
Last week I also met with the Coast Guard Vice Commandant and then met separately with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. There is nothing more important than the safety and security of Americans at home and abroad.
As Vice Chairman of the Homeland Appropriations committee, I look forward to working with the Commandant and General Kelly to secure our borders, invest in our Coast Guard and strengthen our national security.
I had an excellent meeting with Clay Williams the Executive Director of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Casey Lyons, Director of Operations.
I also had the opportunity to meet with the Paralyzed Veterans of America Bayou Gulf-States Chapter.
I enjoyed speaking with Dr. Vitter, Chancellor of The University of Mississippi and discussing the University’s continuing projects and future plans.
Last week I spoke during the Jackson County Republican Women's meeting!
Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Marion Ritchie! I was honored to be a part of this special celebration last week at the Armed Forces Retirement Center in Gulfport.
As always, if we can be of any assistance please call or visit my office. For more updates, I encourage you to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or by visiting my website.
In your service,
Steven M. Palazzo