Obamacare requires that Members and personal staff be enrolled in the exchanges (or “marketplaces” as the Administration is now calling them). The only people who are exempt from enrolling in the Obamacare exchanges are the Democratic Committee staff who wrote the bill.
I am fully committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. House conservatives have tackled Obamacare on all fronts and share the same end goal: full repeal.
Since President Obama and then-Speaker Pelosi pushed through their health-care reform law, the House has voted 37 times to repeal part or all of Obamacare. Some critics of House conservatives have argued that we are wasting time with these votes and should focus on more important issues. What these critics don’t tell you is that the President has signed seven of our repeal bills into law.
The seven repeal bills that the President has signed into law directly repeal or reduced funding from at least eight different Obamacare programs.
- In March 2011, the House passed and the President signed a bill I cosponsored, H.R. 4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011 which:
- Repealed the job-killing Form 1099 reporting requirements that were added in Obamacare strictly as a way to help finance Obamacare. This provision has a real detrimental impact on small businesses and Americans believe it needs to be repealed.
- Clawed back nearly $25 billion of Obamacare by reducing improper health care insurance Exchange subsidy overpayments.
- In April 2011, the House passed and the President signed, H.R. 1473, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, which:
- Fully repealed of the “Free Choice Voucher” program savings $400 million.
- Reduced funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) by $2.2 billion.
- Provided new tools to fight implementation and ensured no increase in IRS funding to hire additional agents to enforce the individual mandate.
- In November 2011, the House passed and the President signed the Senate Amendments to H.R. 674, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes which among other things:
- Clawed back $13 billion in Obamacare spending by requiring certain benefits to be included in the calculation of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for purposes of determining eligibility for certain health care programs under Obamacare.
- Without this change According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Chief Actuary, a couple earning $64,000 could still qualify for Medicaid.
- In December 2011, the House passed and the President signed H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, which:
- Rescinded $400 million from Obamacare CO-Ops.
- Rescinded $10 million in funds for IPAB (rationing board)
- Reduced IRS funding by $305 million from 2011 levels, hampering enforcement of the Obamacare revenue provisions including the individual mandate.
- Tightened Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restriction on using grant money to lobby (Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund).
- In February 2012, the House passed and the President signed and the Conference Report to H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 which clawed back a total of $11.6 billion from Obamacare including:
- $5 billion in cuts from the Prevention & Public Health “Slush” Fund
- Recoupment of $2.5 billion by correcting a drafting error that allowed Louisiana to receive excess Medicaid funding via the “Louisiana Purchase”
- In June 2012, the House passed and the President signed the Conference Report to H.R. 4348, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) which further reduced a Medicaid formula drafting error included in Obamacare’s “Louisiana Purchase” provision, clawing back $670 million in savings.
- In January 2013, the House passed and the President signed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which clawed back a total of $6.5 billion from Obamacare including:
- Repealed the unworkable Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program.
- Rescinded all unobligated CO-OP funds saving $2.3 billion.
House conservatives won’t stop there; we will continue to pursue strategic opportunities to get other de-funding and repeal bills to President Obama’s desk. There are more than 37 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare and replace it with responsible reforms.
The Affordable Care Act isn’t lowering the cost of health care for hard working Americans like the President promised. Middle class families are facing a $2,100 increase in annual health insurance premiums. The National Center for Policy Analysis has found that given recent trends, the employee contribution to a family health insurance premium plus out-of-pocket costs will comprise one half of the household income by 2031 and total household income by 2042!