Price Statement on House Passage of Reconciliation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015:

“The House of Representatives has passed a reconciliation bill that repeals the most coercive components of Obamacare – eliminating onerous taxes, the individual and employer mandates, an Obamacare slush fund, and lifting unnecessary burdens on employers and employees. The bill also prohibits federal funding for abortion providers prohibited under the legislation, while increasing funding for community health centers to help direct more resources to women’s health care. All told, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act would reduce the deficit by $130 billion over ten years. A sizeable portion of those savings would come from an increase in economic activity, labor supply, and compensation. In other words, this bill provides real relief to individuals, families, workers and our economy at large.

“There are those who believe that with enough bureaucratic engineering, Washington can craft a health care system that will effectively serve the American people. We fundamentally disagree. A health care system that is responsive to the needs of patients, families and physicians will not come by way of Washington decrees or mandates or tax penalties. If you want to increase access to quality, affordable health care, if you want to improve the responsiveness of our health care system, then you need to trust the American people to make decisions for themselves and their families – rather than try to coerce them into some Washington-created definition of care.

“The Senate now has the opportunity to take up our bill or pass a bill of its own that abides by the powerful, but limited reconciliation process. We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to put a bill on the President’s desk that will help protect the American people from the harmful consequences of Obamacare and pave the way for real, patient-centered health care reform.”