Rep. Kelly Talks Obamacare Repeal & Replacement on Fox & Friends Sunday

Jan 9, 2017 Issues: Health Care, Tax Reform

Discusses new bill to repeal law’s unfair ‘Cadillac Tax’ 

“It has to be affordable, accessible, and sustainable—that’s the key to it”


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday on Fox News Channel to discuss plans by Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), as well as his recently introduced bill to repeal the law’s controversial Cadillac Tax on employer-covered health plans.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s remarks:

“First is the repeal, and then the replacement, of Obamacare. That’s the mission that we’re on right now, and you’re going to see it happen very quickly.”

“We’ve had a plan [to replace the health care law]. It’s something called the Better Way that we’ve had in place for a long time now. But I want people to understand one thing, and this is really clear: The plan that you’re on right now—you’re not going to lose it on January the 21st because Mr. Trump was sworn into office. This idea that somehow the rug is going to pulled out from under you is another one of those whoppers.”

“The Cadillac Tax was aimed at those employers that provided what the Obama administration said was ‘overly generous’ health care packages for their associates. … Nothing is more un-American then telling people, ‘Look, you’re treating your employees too good, you’re treating your associates too good.’ … Why would you take away from hardworking people a health care package that’s picked up by their employer, not by hardworking American taxpayers? It just doesn’t make sense.”

“We’re going to do something that’s thoughtful. It has to be affordable, it has to be accessible, and it has to be sustainable. That’s the key to it. We believe that competition is what drives a better product and a lower price and makes it better for the American people.”

NOTE: A comprehensive look at the Republican "Better Way" for health care reform can be viewed here.