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Bill Johnson on Passage of the American Health Care Act

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Washington, May 4, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after passage of the American Health Care Act:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after passage of the American Health Care Act:

“Today, the House of Representatives took a major step toward keeping our promise with the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare. We are here today because many Americans experienced the broken promises of Obamacare – they saw their premiums skyrocket, lost access to their doctors, and lost the health care plans that worked for them. As we speak, many states and counties are down to one health care provider. Obamacare premiums continue to rise, and costs are out-of-control.  The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which I voted in favor of, will maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions, decrease the overall cost of health care 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 that continues to unravel.

“The AHCA will: dismantle Obamacare taxes; eliminate the individual and employer mandate penalties (which forced millions on to plans they don’t want and can’t afford); modernize and strengthen Medicaid; allow young people to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26; expand health savings accounts; establish a Patient and State Stability Fund to give states the flexibility to further reduce costs for their citizens;, and, very importantly, guarantee coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

“Pre-existing conditions ARE covered, despite the false claims by some. Nobody can be charged higher premiums if they keep their coverage. Under Obamacare, insurers are fleeing the marketplace, and at the current rate, those with AND without pre-existing conditions will lose their health insurance. Today, the House kept the promise to stop the collapse of Obamacare.

“Now, it’s the Senate’s turn. We’ve given them a great starting point to work with in order to rescue the American people from the flawed federal takeover of our healthcare system.”

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