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Rep. Graves, House Pass Historic Obamacare Repeal and Replace Bill

Washington, May 4 -

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Phase 1 of President Trump’s healthcare plan. Speaking of the historic vote, Rep. Graves said:

“The first bill I introduced after I was elected to Congress in 2010 was legislation to defund Obamacare. Over the last seven years we kept fighting, we never gave up, and now we’re finally passing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that will hit the desk of a president who will sign it. This is Phase 1 of the President Trump’s three phase healthcare plan. Taken together, the president’s plan will reduce health insurance premiums, increase access to care and put patients first.”

H.R. 1628 includes the MacArthur-Meadows Amendment that gives states additional flexibility by allowing them to apply with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to waive certain federal mandates if the state can prove its plan will benefit consumers.  

Speaking of the change, Rep. Graves said: “Importantly, the American Health Care Act continues to protect people with pre-existing conditions from price gouging, and they cannot be denied coverage. What’s new is that each state can take its own approach, as long as there are basic protections and clear benefits, such as increasing enrollment, offering more choices and lowering costs. A lot of work has gone into finding the right balance between lifting federal mandates and protecting Americans with serious health challenges, and I believe this is it.”

President Trump’s healthcare plan has three concurrent phases:

(1)   The American Health Care Act, which repeals Obamacare's taxes and mandates, and replaces them with expanded Health Saving Accounts and age-based tax credits to help low- and middle-income families in the individual market purchase health insurance; additionally, the bill makes significant reforms to Medicaid, such as allowing states to receive federal funds through block grants and pursue work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents;

(2)   Administrative Actions, which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will take to eliminate harmful regulations and allow more choice and competition in the health insurance marketplace;

(3)   Additional Legislation, to increase competition and expand access to care, including legislation passed by the House in March – the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372) and the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101).

Below is a summary of the American Health Care Act (prepared by the Republican Policy Committee).

Repealing Obamacare

Providing Tax Credits

Expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Freezes Medicaid Expansion and Incorporates Reform

Establishes a Stability Fund

Additional Provisions

Additional Amendments