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H.R. 596: Bill to Repeal the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

In early February, AMAC offered support to H.R. 596, a bill to repeal the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01), this bill fully repeals ObamaCare and calls for legislation from Congress to replace it.  The bill recommends that the new legislation eliminate job-killing regulations, lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice, prohibit taxpayer funds for abortion, and protect the doctor- patient relationship. Reductions in sustainable income and employer mandated regulatory burdens under ObamaCare have made it more difficult for older Americans to adjust to these changes. As a supporter of H.R. 596, AMAC continues to advocate for positive, market-friendly and consumer-centered reforms that will foster competition and innovation.

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February 3, 2015

The Honorable Bradley Byrne
1st District, Alabama
119 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Byrne,

On behalf of the 1.2 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to offer our support to H.R. 596, your legislation to repeal the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” known more commonly as “ObamaCare.” This significant piece of legislation not only fully repeals the President’s government-first health care law, but it rightly calls on Congress to replace it with meaningful legislation that will truly reduce health costs for Americans. This repeal and replace legislation recommends provisions that, among other things, will eliminate job-killing regulations, lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice, prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion, and protect the doctor-patient relationship.

As an organization that represents Americans over the age of 50, health care is a significant concern for our members. ObamaCare has been particularly harmful to older Americans. In a recent poll of AMAC members, 85% of respondents reported that they or members of their family have recently lost their health insurance policy. Due to health concerns and the higher cost of care, mature Americans have far more difficulty coping with these cancellations than younger health care consumers. Older Americans often struggle to reconcile rising health care needs with a substantially reduced income, but ObamaCare has made health care even more expensive.

In addition to cancellations and rising costs, ObamaCare’s Medicare cuts have made daily living even more difficult for seniors. A significant number of AMAC’s members have been adversely affected by ObamaCare’s Medicare reductions. For the many AMAC members who are small business owners, ObamaCare’s employer mandate has added to the regulatory burden, making it more challenging for many businesses to stay afloat.

As the advocate for a considerable number of older Americans and small business owners, AMAC recognizes the harm that ObamaCare has done and is committed to a full repeal of the law. We also understand, however, the need for positive, market-friendly and consumer-centered reforms like the ones endorsed by this legislation. Whereas ObamaCare has raised costs and burdens, policies that foster competition and innovation will reduce costs and give Americans real health care relief. AMAC is proud to support H.R. 596 and is grateful for your leadership on this important issue.

Sincerely,
Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC

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John Vinsko
5 years ago

I wish to endorse HR 565 because it addresses every issue and eliminates all the disastrous consequences of the 3000 page bill that Nancy Pelosi shoved down our throats. I’m especially pleased that it calls for prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. We’re broke already. Obamacare will be the final nail in our financial coffin. I don’t want to have to pay for somebody else’s evil deeds either.

Bob Davis
5 years ago

Pass it. Let Obama veto it. Pass it again when Obama’s gone.

HAM
5 years ago

RANDALL, based on previous posts by him on other subjects, Paulo is a TROLL just trying to make trouble so when responding to him you might want to keep that in mind. There have been numerous ideas put forward to replace Obamacare ONE being the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines. This would create competition in the insurance industry which it definitely needs. Also, return to people having a CHOICE to what coverage they want for their family. Retuning healthcare coverage choice to the people rather than the government is essential to the freedom of choice and “freedom… Read more »

Randall
5 years ago

Waste of time, Paulo? This thing was the closest to a fiat law that I can imagine. Representative government should allow for debate. Since it didn’t happen the first time, it isn’t a waste of time to have it now, in my opinion. And come on, you republicans:suggest something better.

PaulO
5 years ago

Why waste time and money repealing something Obama will veto?

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