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American Health Care Act Passes House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, DC - The House passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, on Thursday. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) supported the measure, which now will be considered by the Senate.

“Today Congress, with the help of President Trump, took the first step in providing relief to the American people from the failing law that is Obamacare,” said Shuster.

“Obamacare promised a lot, but woefully under-provided for Americans. The average Pennsylvanian's insurance premium has increased by 53 percent this past year, on top of thousands of plans that have been cancelled.  Two thirds of the marketplace in Pennsylvania have just one or two insurers to choose from. One out of three counties in the United States have no choice at all, as only one insurance provider is willing to participate in the Obamacare exchange. And most recently, some states and counties will have no choices at all, leaving thousands of Americans left with a government mandate and nothing to purchase.

“Our healthcare system doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all mandate coming from Washington that forces people to pay for plans they don’t want and shackles businesses with crippling costs.  Far too many small businesses cannot create new jobs because of costly regulations and mandates. As a result, millions of seniors had their individual plans cancelled and lost their doctor. That’s exactly what my constituents sent me to Congress to stop.

“The American Health Care Act is the first step of many in the right direction. It gets rid of Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and returns the power of regulating health insurance back to the states.

“Our health care plan will put patients back in charge of their health plans, instead of Washington. Through tax credits, we are helping Americans pay for plans they choose, not insurance that they’re forced to buy. Instead of fining the uninsured, we are offering incentives to people who remain continuously covered. Expanding access to Health Savings Accounts makes it easier for Americans to save for out of pocket medical expenses. Through these provisions and more, we will drive down costs and increase access to care.

“This bill includes a number of important protections for patients and taxpayers. No person can ever be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Period. Young people will be able to stay on their plans until they are 26. And instead of tax dollars being sent to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, these tax dollars are redirected to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood centers 8 to 1 in Pennsylvania.

“The American Health Care Act will reduce the federal deficit, drive down premium costs, and increase access to care. I voted yes so we can send this bill to the Senate for further consideration, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to fix our broken healthcare system.”

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