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Carter: This bill guts Obamacare

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Washington, January 6, 2016 | Mary Carpenter (202-834-0386) | comments

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) spoke on the floor of the United States House of Representative today in support of legislation to send a repeal of Obamacare to President Obama's desk for the first time.

While on the floor, Carter said the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act "guts Obamacare, eliminating many of the penalties and programs that have been implemented over the last several years by this Administration."

Carter also noted that the legislation the House will vote on today "returns to the American people a system that is driven by the market - not by artificial formulas and percentages created by Washington bureaucrats."

Full Transcript:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.

This bill guts ObamaCare, eliminating many of the penalties and programs that have been implemented over the last several years by this Administration.

Americans have been saddled with the burden of a healthcare insurance system that restricts what doctor they can see, what services they can receive, and has even limited them to who they can have as their pharmacists. 

If the President signs this bill into law, we can return the power of our health care system back to the American people.

Americans should be in charge of their health care system- not Washington.

With this bill, Congress will eliminate the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and repeal all future appropriated funds to the Prevention and Public Health Fund that has supported the failing ObamaCare law for the last several years.

It repeals the medical device tax, the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans, and the $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts.

It also repeals ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion eligibility pathway, which has left many states suffering with budget problems, and it restricts federal funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliated clinics for a period of one year with appropriate funds being redirected to Community Health Centers to better serve women and their health.

This bill returns to the American people a system that is driven by the market- not by artificial formulas and percentages created by Washington bureaucrats.

As a former pharmacist and owner of three independent pharmacies, I can assure you the only way to lower costs and create an opportunity for everyone to participate is by allowing the free market to work as it was meant to.

I urge my colleagues to support this rule and this bill so we can eliminate this burdensome healthcare plan and bring greater opportunities for Americans to receive affordable healthcare.

Mr. Speaker, I yield back to the gentleman from Georgia. 

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