Olson Votes to Improve Healthcare for Americans
Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted in support of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, a bill that repeals the worst parts of Obamacare and begins to repair the damage it caused. This bill will repeal certain provisions of Obamacare, including the premium tax credit, individual mandate and employer mandate. It provides needed reforms to Medicaid for the first time ever, gives states more control, and pre-existing coverage is still guaranteed unless an individual is self-covered and chooses to allow insurance to lapse. The bill passed the House by a vote of 217-213.
The House also passed H.R. 2192, a bill to eliminate certain State waiver provisions to members of Congress and congressional staff that could not be included in the reconciliation healthcare bill. This bill passed with unanimous support in the House.
“America tried a government run healthcare plan and it failed the very people who need care the most,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “Just yesterday, one of the last Iowa insurers pulled out, leaving nearly all residents with no available health insurance plan for purchase under Obamacare. If there are no health plans to provide coverage, the system is failing. Premiums have skyrocketed for working families who are paying more for less care. Millions of Americans lost their preferred doctor in spite of a promise that they could keep it.
“Today, we kept our promise to the American people who asked us to repeal and replace Obamacare. We are also keeping our promise to the millions of Americans who need access to affordable care. This was an important step in this process. We also acted to ensure that Members of Congress and our staff are in the same system as all Americans. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act quickly to continue this effort to bring choice and competition back into our healthcare system and put doctors and patients in charge of decisions, not bureaucrats,” Olson concluded.
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