Rep. Kelly Co-authors Op-ed on Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

Feb 21, 2017

Joins PA Reps. Rothfus and Shuster to argue for health insurance alternative based on “flexibility and choice”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – co-authored a joint op-ed with Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) published on February 19, 2017, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to describe their case for repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replacing it with a patient-centered alternative that prioritizes choice, flexibility, and affordability for American consumers.

Excerpts from “Relief from Obamacare: a better system ahead”:

The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was forced through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote. It was sold to the American people with multiple false promises, like President Barack Obama’s infamous, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Supporters of the law said it would reduce premiums for families by an average of $2,500 per year. It did not. One by one, Obamacare’s promises were broken. Now, premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket with no mechanism in the law to bring prices down.

It’s time for change. We have no choice but to scrap this failed program and replace it with a system that gives Pennsylvanians access to the care they need, at a price they can afford and from a doctor they choose.

Our alternative will expand the options for individuals and families to access affordable insurance coverage. It will provide for a transition period where those currently on Obamacare will have ample time to choose a new plan that works best for them and their families. We will make sure that no one struggling with complex medical needs or pre-existing conditions is denied access to affordable health care options.

Our replacement will allow insurers to provide more options for consumers and allow individuals, small businesses and associations to pool together to get the same purchasing power as large entities. We will expand Health Savings Accounts; provide tax credits to help those who do not have employer-based coverage to buy their own insurance in an expanded private market; and ensure health care decisions are made between a patient and his or her doctor, not by bureaucrats in Washington. In short, our plan is to move away from Washington mandates and move toward flexibility and choice.

While Obamacare has failed in an undeniable fashion, the goal of ensuring the American people can access quality, affordable health care remains. Our Democratic counterparts in Congress have spent the last eight years championing President Obama’s signature legislation — even as working families continued to lose the plans and doctors they like, and their health care costs continued to skyrocket.

Republicans have an urgent mandate to deliver relief to every family struggling under Obamacare. We must repeal this failed law and move ahead with putting a better plan in place for the American people.