By Congressman Dave Brat (R, VA-7)This morning the House Budget Committee, of which I’m a member, approved a motion to send the GOP leadership’s Obamacare replacement plan to the full House for consideration.
Excerpt from “Friends of Dave Brat, Inc.” message dated March 16, 2017
I joined fellow representatives and House Freedom Caucus members Mark Sanford and Gary Palmer in voting no. I cannot support the bill in its current form because it does not keep the promise we made to fully repeal Obamacare. The bill maintains significant federal involvement in healthcare and leaves in place several of Obamacare’s provisions and insurance mandates that are the major driver of healthcare costs. It retains every dimension, all of the complexity and the entire labyrinth of federal power, political connections, and insider favoritism, instead of letting the free market system allocate goods and services.
The bill now heads to the House Rules Committee, where there will be further debate and an opportunity to amend the bill and push for improvements. The House Freedom Caucus is fighting hard to ensure a win for all sides and for that to happen the replacement plan has to succeed in reducing cost, and be sustainable. My constituents have made it clear that they do not want a bailout from taxpayers for insurance companies. They want freedom to choose the healthcare plan that works best for them and their families—not government mandates—and relief from ever-increasing unaffordable premiums. President Trump is a businessman, and he knows that the ability to shop across state lines and price reductions will not happen unless we lock them into place now, not some down the road point-in-time where there are no guarantees of implementation. We’ve all seen too often how promised reforms that are set to come in later phases never materialize.
I look forward to continuing negotiations with Republican leadership and President Trump to get a better bill to the House floor that is more in line with what Republicans promised the American people. The goal has always been to get to “yes” on a bill that keeps our promise to repeal Obamcare and put consumers back in charge of their own health care decisions.
Despite the freezing temps, I was happy to see constituents and friends who braved the cold to come up to DC for the Freedomworks “Day of Action” rally, and to talk to Congress about their concerns with the GOP’s health care replacement bill. Thanks for the support! Keep engaged, keep raising the bar, and I will keep working hard for the free market, patient-centered reforms that the American people expect and deserve.