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Bill Johnson Votes for House Budget; Sets Table to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare

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Washington, January 13, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after voting in favor of the FY 2017 House budget resolution. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 227-198:
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Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after voting in favor of the FY 2017 House budget resolution.  The legislation passed the House by a vote of 227-198:

“ObamaCare has failed the American people; it is broken, and must be repealed and replaced. The American people deserve better and Republicans in Congress have been given a clear mandate to make that happen.

“The only avenue to repeal ObamaCare is through the budget reconciliation process. Today’s budget resolution triggers the mechanism for using that process.  It’s important that we do this the right way – not through a 2,000 page bill, negotiated in a shady, backroom deal, and presented at midnight with a vote no more than two hours later. This process will be open, transparent, and visible to everyone.

“It is critically important that the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare be done thoughtfully and carefully, as it will impact millions. The American people deserve a patient-centered health care system that offers more choices, better access, higher quality, and lower costs.  We must follow up the repeal with a suitable replacement; but, the current law cannot be undone without a transition period, because those currently on ObamaCare should not be subjected to unintended consequences.

“This budget resolution I voted for today essentially fires the starting pistol to begin the process of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.  We’ve attempted to reverse this terrible law over fifty times during the past six years; now it’s actually going to happen.”

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