Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015by Representative Earl L. "Buddy" Carter
Posted on 2016-01-06
CARTER of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the
Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare
Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This bill guts ObamaCare,
eliminating many of the penalties and programs that have been
implemented over the last several years by this administration.
Americans have been saddled with the burden of a healthcare insurance system that restricts what doctor they can see, what services they can receive, and has even limited them to who they can have as their pharmacist.
If the President signs this bill into law, we can return the power of our healthcare system back to the American people. Americans should be in charge of their healthcare system, not Washington, D.C.
With this bill, Congress will eliminate the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and repeal all future appropriated funds to the Prevention and Public Health Fund that has supported the failing ObamaCare law for the last several years.
It repeals the medical device tax, the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans, and the $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts. It also repeals ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion eligibility pathway, which has left many States suffering with budget problems, and it restricts Federal funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliated clinics for a period of 1 year, with appropriate funds being redirected to Community Health Centers to better serve women and their health.
This bill returns to the American people a system that is driven by the market, not by artificial formulas and percentages created by Washington bureaucrats.
As a pharmacist and former owner of three independent pharmacies, I can assure you the only way to lower costs and create an opportunity for everyone to participate is by allowing the free market to work as it was meant to.
I urge my colleagues to support this rule and this bill so that we can eliminate this burdensome healthcare plan and bring greater opportunities for Americans to receive affordable health care.
Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from California (Mr. Ted Lieu).