ObamaCare is a government-run failure careening toward collapse. It never kept its promises. Many Americans lost their doctor and their insurance plan because of it. Millions more saw insurance premiums skyrocket.
I have seen my own insurance premiums rise 500% under ObamaCare. And heard countless more stories about the financial hardship it imposed on families.
Rather than waiting until June, when insurance hikes were due to rise again, we acted. And we kept our word to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a plan that is expected to lower premiums by ten percent, increase consumer choices, and rebuild the health insurance market that is on the brink of collapse.
We preserved coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, will continue to allow young people to remain on their family plan until the age of 26, and took steps to strengthen Medicaid while controlling its spiraling costs.
For eight years I have been a part of a chorus to repeal ObamaCare. Today we kept that promise. But the fact is, ObamaCare was on course to collapse under its own weight, driving insurers out of the marketplace while exploding costs.
The real choice today was to put into law a plan that will work – that will provide more health options for patients, that will stop federal intrusions into the doctor-patient relationship, and that will address the rising costs of care and health insurance.
The House took a strong step this week to improve access to health care. I was proud to vote yes.