WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement after the House approved legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known more commonly as Obamacare:
“For seven years, I’ve fought to repeal all of Obamacare’s mandates, middle class taxes, abortion subsidies, insurance company bailouts, and unaffordable, one-size-fits-all health insurance plans. I also assured my constituents that our replacement would include protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. My vote today does all of the above.
“Passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a win for President Trump, but more importantly it’s a win for the millions of Americans who are forced to buy a product they can’t afford to use. The AHCA will empower states to offer, and patients to choose from, a broader range of affordable insurance plans that better fit each individual and family’s unique needs.”
Really? Where is the written Bill? Does anyone really know what was just passed? Where’s the CBO report on this?
As far as I can tell from multiple reports, this simply kicks the can down the road to the states who will more than likely try to opt out of many of the provisions. This hurts poor people or people with marginal incomes, struggling to stay afloat.
I do believe the ACA had its issues. Why not just fix them? Why throw out the baby with the bathwater? Do you just hate Obama that much?
Enough of that. Hopefully, our Senators will take a good look at this and make appropriate changes.
As for me, a life-long compassionate conservative, looks like I’ll not be voting Republican in the next elections. Believe me, it hurts a bit to say that.
The biggest “win” for those forced to buy unaffordable health insurance would be to eliminate the mandate that forces such purchases in the first place. I am old enough to make my own decisions regarding “health care” (we’re constantly told “My body, my choice,” after all) and I sure as heck don’t need Nanny Uncle Sam telling me what to do for my own “good.”
Anything that keeps a mandate in place is essentially a welfare / wealth-transfer scheme. I am the one in the best position to determine how I shall spend my discretionary income, not bureaucrats, lobbyists, and CONgressMEN in D.C.
When is yourlive in person town hall meeting going to be during the break in may 2017 ?
Well at least that is what some lobbyist told him, although I’m sure John read the entire bill, just like the Patriot Act.