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Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Mr. PALMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 596, a bill
that would fully repeal the Affordable Care Act offered by Mr. Byrne of
Alabama.

Right now, Americans are being forced to buy a government product or
pay a penalty. The Constitution mandates freedom, not the purchase of
health insurance or any other product.

We all remember this promise: ``If you like your health care plan,
you can keep it.'' In 2013, a reported 4.7 million people in 32 States
lost their health insurance when their plans were canceled. That is
just the beginning. The Congressional Budget Office projects that 7
million more Americans will lose their health-sponsored coverage in
2016.

Americans were promised that with ObamaCare their premiums would be
lower. Instead, premiums have skyrocketed. Some groups have seen their
premiums increase by 78 percent. At the same time, household incomes
have gone down.

Today, 4 years after the passage of ObamaCare, there are still more
than 41 million people without health coverage. There are millions of
people out of full-time work and millions more forced into part-time
jobs.

ObamaCare must be repealed and replaced. Americans should be allowed
to buy the health insurance they want and need. We need market
competition between health insurance providers, and people should be
able to buy their health insurance across State lines. This would
result in more choices for plans and at lower costs.

We need portability so that when a person changes or loses a job,
they don't lose their health insurance. We need innovative reforms for
Medicaid and reforms that create incentives for controlling costs,
promoting healthier lifestyle choices, and reforms that treat people
with dignity.

H.R. 596 starts the process of reforming our health care system by
repealing ObamaCare. This is the first step toward true affordable
health care that puts people back in charge of their health care
choices.

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