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  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative David P. Roe

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    ROE of Tennessee. I thank Dr. Price for the work his committee has done.

    I practiced medicine in rural Tennessee for 30 years. I didn't talk about health care. I actually provided it for patients. It was a major reason that I ran for Congress.

    The premise of the Affordable Care Act was to increase access and decrease costs. Everybody in this building agrees on that. What we got was a 2,500-page bill that few people read that defined what you bought and then fined you when you didn't buy it, even if you couldn't afford it. That is what has actually happened.

    Healthcare decisions should be made between families, patients, and their doctors, not by big insurance companies and certainly not by Federal bureaucrats.

    So what is happening to middle class working people in this country today? Their out-of-pockets and copays have skyrocketed. In the hospital that I worked in, 60 percent of the uncollectible debt is now owed by people with insurance. That is because they cannot afford the out-of-pockets and copays.

    {time} 1630 We Republicans have had many ideas. Dr. Price has a bill. I coauthored a bill with the Republican Study Committee to replace this, and I will suggest, Mr. Speaker, that you will see that on this floor to be debated if we are successful in doing this.

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