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U.S. CONGRESSMAN BILL JOHNSON Proudly Representing Eastern and Southeastern Ohio

Health Care

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Since I was first elected, I’ve opposed President Obama’s health care law that was forced on the American people. I’ve consistently made clear my belief that it must be repealed and replaced.

I have voted more than 50 times to repeal all or parts of this disastrous law that contained over $700 billion in cuts to Medicare, and is causing costs to surge and reducing patient access to health care choices.  Over 40 percent of America's small businesses are saying this law is preventing them from expanding their businesses and hiring more employees.

It should be replaced with common sense, patient-centered solutions like: Forcing insurance companies to compete for your business by making health insurance portable from state to state and job to job; increasing incentives for Americans to contribute pre-tax dollars to health savings accounts that can be used to pay for routine healthcare at a much lower cost than purchasing a massive healthcare policy; and, enacting tort reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and keep doctors in treatment rooms rather than in court rooms.

I also think parents should have the option of keeping children on their insurance until the age of 26. In addition, insurance companies should not be able to deny someone coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, in any replacement bill, we must guarantee the promise of Medicare so America’s seniors (those 55 years of age and older) continue to receive their fully funded Medicare benefits, and strengthen and preserve the program for future generations.

In May of 2017, the House of Representatives took a major step toward keeping this promise with the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare by passing the American Health Care Act.

The American Health Care Act will maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions, decrease the overall cost of healthcare coverage, and strengthen the health insurance market so that all Americans have more choices and greater access to affordable, quality healthcare. It’s a vast improvement over Obamacare, which continues to unravel right before our eyes.

Contrary to some of the reports out there, pre-existing conditions ARE covered under the AHCA. Nobody can be charged higher premiums if they keep their coverage. Ironically, under Obamacare, insurers are fleeing the marketplace, so at the current rate those with AND without pre-existing conditions will lose their health insurance.

I am willing to work with anyone who comes to the table to reform America’s health care system with common sense solutions, because Americans deserve a federal government that works for them, rather than taking more from them.

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