Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015by Representative Charles W. Boustany Jr.
Posted on 2016-01-06
BOUSTANY. I thank Chairman Price for yielding time.
Mr. Speaker, this is an important day in the House of Representatives because the House is preparing to send a package directly to the President. There will be no Senate filibuster. We have gotten around that issue. This bill goes to the President directly, and he can either sign it or veto it. But this bill repeals the very foundation of ObamaCare, and it stops Planned Parenthood funding. It is as simple as that.
This package is also important to me because I have a provision in there that I authored that repeals this employer mandate. This has been a really bad piece of legislation that was in place, this employer mandate, because it has forced small businesses to limit hiring or to resort to part-time employees. This is just a terrible thing, at a time when unemployment has been high and people are looking for work.
This bill will help undermine and get rid of the foundation of ObamaCare which, I know as a physician, has accelerated the negative trends in health care, of which there are many. I can't get into all of them now, but that is not the affordable, patient-centered health care that the American people deserve.
We can do much better. We will do much better. This is the first step.
Let's put this on the President's desk. Let's call his hand, and let's either force him to veto this, which we will try to override it, or sign it.