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RSC alternative health care bill gains more than 100 cosponsors

Two months after being introduced, the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act today gained its 102nd cosponsor.

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Two months after being introduced, the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act today gained its 102nd cosponsor.
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RSC alternative health care bill gains more than 100 cosponsors

Washington, D.C. – Two months after being introduced, the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act today gained its 102nd cosponsor. 

“House Republicans continue proposing real solutions to address the serious problems that exist in our current health care system,” RSC Chairman Steve Scalise said.  “I’m proud of the momentum we continue to build for our common-sense alternative to President Obama's health care law as we work to reform our broken health care system. American families and small businesses deserve and demand real solutions to the serious problems that exist in our health care system. While we watch the train wreck that is the rollout of President Obama's health care law, it is encouraging to see my colleagues rally around the patient-centered solutions we have outlined to lower health care costs and increase access so families can once again make their own health care choices free from the interference of Washington politicians and federal agencies like the IRS.”

“I am proud to see that our bill is gaining traction in the House,” said Dr. Phil Roe, Chairman of the RSC’s Health Care Working Group. “We’re seeing more reasons every day why President Obama’s health care law is the wrong answer to our nation’s health care problems. The support behind the RSC proposal is proof that Republicans do have a plan for patient-centered, commonsense health care reform that lowers health care costs, improves insurance choices and creates true portability with your plan.  I look forward to continue working to build support for this legislation.” 

H.R. 3121 was drafted by RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe, and working group members Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Renee Ellmers, Dr. John Fleming, Dr. Paul Gosar, Dr. Tom Price, and Rep. Todd Rokita.  Specifically, H.R. 3121, the RSC's American Health Care Reform Act:

  • Provides tax reform that allows families and individuals to deduct health care costs, just like companies, leveling the playing field and providing all Americans with a standard deduction for health insurance.
  • Fully repeals President Obama's health care law, eliminating billions in taxes and thousands of pages of unworkable regulations and mandates that are driving up health care costs. 
  • Spurs competition to lower health care costs by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and enabling small businesses to pool together and get the same buying power as large corporations.
  • Reforms medical malpractice laws in a commonsense way that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients.
  • Expands access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts to be used for health care expenses.
  • Safeguards individuals with pre-existing conditions by bolstering state-based high risk pools and extending HIPAA guaranteed availability protections.

 

  • Protects the unborn by ensuring no federal funding of abortions.

 

More information on H.R. 3121 can be found here.

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