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  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative Kurt Schrader

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    SCHRADER. Mr. Speaker, after drafting and passing a trillion- dollar deficit-busting tax and budget bill last month, my Republican colleagues now want to get some of that money back on the backs of middle- and low-income Americans.

    These are the very people that have been struggling to recover from the Great Recession. These families and small businesses that are having trouble staying afloat would now lose access to affordable health care. It is irresponsible.

    I don't get it. The Affordable Care Act gives millions a hand up, not a handout, in order to afford affordable health care. Families are put in the driver's seat in the health insurance market and are seeing good results.

    This is something we have been doing in Oregon for some time. Market- based principles and personal responsibility is actually the heart of the ACA.

    Mr. Speaker, I don't understand why we would want to create greater uncertainty for small businesses, trying to do the right thing by their employees, by eliminating the small business tax credit, like my Republican colleagues want to do today.

    Rather than waste time on distractions like this, we should be coming together to build certainty around the basic American right of a shared-responsibility healthcare system.

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