U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy and Member of the Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement:
"Following through on our commitment to responsibly repeal and replace Obamacare, my colleagues and I are pleased to introduce the American Health Care Act. We're presenting a plan to increase access to affordable, patient-focused health care for all.
"In stark contrast to Obamacare, the American Health Care Act empowers individuals and families by equipping them with the resources to make the best health care decisions for themselves. We're getting rid of Obamacare's draconian taxes and mandates. We're providing monthly tax credits for low- and middle-income individuals and families. We're expanding access to health savings accounts. We're prohibiting insurers from denying coverage or charging more money to patients with pre-existing conditions. We're retaining the ability for young adults to remain on their parents' plans until they turn 26.
"However well-intentioned, Obamacare failed the American people. Illinois families are paying more money for fewer and fewer benefits. Insurance premiums have increased by an average of over 21%. Last year, the Land of Lincoln co-op became the 16th in the country to collapse, leaving 49,000 Illinoisans without any healthcare coverage at all and taxpayers on for hook for over $160 million.
"We're committed to an open and transparent process as we debate this legislation. Unlike Obamacare, we don't need to pass it to find out what's in it. I encourage everyone to read the bill for themselves at readthebill.gop"
OBAMACARE IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT
Matt from St. Charles saw his family plan go from under $300 per month before Obamacare to over $1,100 per month now. He will pay over $13,000 this year for a bronze plan through the Obamacare exchange.
Patricia from Clarendon Hills used to pay $398 per month for a comprehensive plan that fit the needs and budget of her family. She now pays $638 per month for an inferior plan with a higher deductible.
Thomas from Barrington saw his premiums increase 40%. He lost access to half of his providers, including the hospital closest to his community.
Steve from Lisle suffered a 75% premium hike in 2016 and now is facing at another 41% this year.
Susan from Lake Zurich was forced to downgrade her coverage after her insurance company increased the premiums for herself and her son to nearly $1,200 per month.
Jim from Wheaton is facing a 75% premium spike -- he is now forced to pay almost $850 per month for insurance.
More than eight months ago, House Republicans unveiled A Better Way, our vision for repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-centered, 21st century health care system.
On January 13, the House passed a budget resolution to begin turning that vision into legislation through reconciliation--a process that allows legislation to be passed with a simple majority in the Senate and quickly signed into law.
The budget resolution outlined specific instructions for the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees--the primary Committees with jurisdiction over health care--to draft legislative recommendations that the Budget Committee could compile into one reconciliation package.
When combined with the legislation released by Energy and Commerce, the American Health Care Act is expected to meet those instructions. Specifically, the Ways and Means legislation:
Dismantles Obamacare taxes and mandates--including the individual and employer mandate penalties and taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health insurance premiums, and medical devices.
Empowers individuals and families to spend their health care dollars the way they want and need by enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
Helps Americans access affordable, quality health care by providing a monthly tax credit to individuals and families who don't receive insurance through work or a government program.