WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 – sending the first broad repeal of Obamacare to the president’s desk. The reconciliation legislation was made possible by the successful completion of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget conference agreement. It repeals key pillars of Obamacare, reduces the deficit by $516 billion, and paves the way for patient-centered health care reform.
“For the first time since this disastrous law was passed, Congress is sending a broad Obamacare repeal bill to the president’s desk. The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act would protect individuals, families, job creators and health care providers from the harm the law is doing to the quality, affordability and accessibility of care. Under the Obamacare status quo, folks are paying more in premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for fewer choices and less access to physicians and treatments. Businesses face undue mandates and taxes in an already weakened economy. Sending this bill to the president’s desk clearly shows that Republicans are doing everything we can to protect the American people and their health care from an intrusive and unaccountable Washington bureaucracy.
“Critical to this entire effort was Congress’ successful adoption of a budget last year. Reconciliation would not have been possible had the House and Senate not first passed the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution conference agreement, providing Congress with the authority to pursue the reconciliation process.
“Repealing Obamacare is only a first step. Congress must pursue health care reforms that respect and protect the doctor-patient relationship, encourage innovation, and make quality care affordable and accessible for all Americans. We can address the tremendous challenges in America’s health care system through policies that put patients, families and doctors in charge, not Washington, D.C.. I look forward to Congress advancing patient-centered solutions in the months to come.”
Click here for a one-page summary of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. For further information on the FY2016 reconciliation process, click here.