Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which sends a repeal of the Affordable Care Act to the White House, and defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Congressman Collins issued the following statement after the vote:
“Passage of this legislation is a landmark accomplishment, because for the first time, the President is going to be faced with a repeal of his own disastrous health care law. The public’s will has arrived at his doorstep, and he is going to have to decide whether or not he wants to work with Congress to find a healthcare solution that actually helps Americans, or continue to ignore the will of the people and our broken healthcare system.
“This legislation contains provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Pulling the rug out from underneath the nation’s largest abortion provider is a huge win for life, protecting mothers and their unborn children from the grisly practices that came to light in a series of videos earlier this year. Funds will be redirected to community healthcare clinics, such as the 274 in Georgia, that provide quality services to women, so no government support goes to an organization that defends a procedure that is morally reprehensible and harmful to women.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the budget reconciliation bill to end Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and cut the deficit by more than $500 billion. This legislation was already passed by the Senate and will now go to the president. This is the first time legislation to stop Obamacare or defund Planned Parenthood has ever passed both chambers of Congress and been sent to the president.
“By passing this legislation, we’re upholding our promise to put legislation stopping Obamacare on the president’s desk. This is the furthest the repeal effort has ever gone,” said Rep. Graves. “I hope the president thinks about the many Georgians who are suffering under his healthcare law and joins us in stopping its harmful effects – higher premiums, limited choice and the cancellation of millions of health insurance plans. If the president rejects this common sense approach and the will of Congress, this once again proves that we can and will repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood – all we need is a new president who will sign the legislation into law. The fights for health care freedom and the right to life are far from over.”
Specifically, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, repeals key provisions of Obamacare, including the individual mandate, employer mandate, “Cadillac Tax” and medical device tax. Repealing these crucial mandates and provisions would essentially destroy Obamacare. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that it will reduce the deficit by $516 billion. Additionally, H.R. 3762 places a one year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood and redirects the funds to community health centers that do not perform abortions.
Although the House passed H.R. 3762 in October, the Senate made several changes to the bill’s language, which required the House to pass the updated version. The bill will now be sent to the president.
H.R. 3762 was passed using the budget reconciliation process, which allows the Senate to bypass the normal 60-vote threshold required to bring legislation to the floor.
Washington D.C. | Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. This legislation repeals the major provisions of Obamacare and blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood:
“Despite recent headlines, the House began to shift momentum and restore power back to the people in 2015 – and we are now seeing the results. Today, as Republicans in Congress promised, we sent a reconciliation bill directly to the President’s desk that will dismantle Obamacare and block taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that has unashamedly profited from the sale of innocent unborn babies.
“With healthcare costs reaching an all-time high, this legislation is a critical first step toward restoring patient-centered health care that best suits the needs of individual businesses and families. As a result of Obamacare, many individuals are now paying double – sometimes triple – for healthcare, and taxpayers are footing the bill for this unworkable, disastrous trillion-dollar bill. This is hardly the American dream that our founders envisioned; and, is anything but affordable.
“Americans deserve a healthcare system that works for, not against, them. We are working hard to bring legislation to the table that reduces the cost of healthcare, restores free market competition, creates personalized insurance plans, and gets government out of the way.”