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.
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.
President and Founder of AMAC