I remain firmly opposed to Obamacare, and I support replacing the failed law with a patient-centered health care system that isn't run by the federal government. The focus should be on actually lowering costs for American families and getting the federal government out of the way. I was proud to introduce and champion H.R. 596, a bill that would repeal Obamacare in its entirety. My bill passed the House on February 3, 2015.
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing debate in the United States Senate regarding a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Byrne said: “We have now seen the Democrats' alternative to Obamacare: Senator Sanders' single payer healthcare bill. The American people overwhelmingly rejected increased government involvement in the last election, yet the Democrats have doubled down, putting forward a multi-trillion dollar government takeover of our entire health care system.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is failing the American people by driving up costs and limiting options for families. President Trump and the Republican controlled Congress have pledged to make repealing and replacing Obamacare a top priority.
Well, we had a major breakthrough last week when the House passed the American Health Care Act. I voted in support of this legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that gets the federal government out of the way.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017.
Byrne said: “Today, I voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care plan that actually lowers costs and gets the federal government out of the way. Importantly, the bill continues to ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It also cuts taxes, defunds Planned Parenthood, and fundamentally reforms Medicaid.
Last week was a hectic and monumental week at the U.S. Capitol. As we prepared to mark the 7th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, President Trump was pushing the House to pass his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Known as the American Health Care Act, the bill would have repealed Obamacare, ended the government mandates, cut taxes, lowered premiums, reduced the deficit, and transferred control over health care from the federal government to the individual states.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding actions in the House of Representatives today related to health care.
Byrne said: “The problems with Obamacare are not going away. This law is imploding before our eyes, and action will ultimately be required. President Trump and Speaker Ryan worked hard to get this bill across the finish line, and I supported them 100%. But our efforts came up just short.
“In a death spiral.” Those are the words Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, one of our nation’s largest insurance companies, used to describe the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
When I first ran for Congress in 2013, repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top priority. I introduced a bill to repeal the law, which passed the House but never reached the President’s desk. Unfortunately, with President Obama in the White House, our efforts never succeeded. Even when we finally got a repeal bill to the President’s desk, he vetoed it.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) voted today in favor of a resolution to move forward the process of repealing Obamacare.
Congressman Byrne noted that today’s vote was the first step in fulfilling an important promise made to the American people.
Byrne said: “Over the last few years, Republicans around the country have campaigned on repealing Obamacare and instead moving forward with patient-centered health care reforms that lower costs for American families. Today’s vote was an important first step in that process.
In 2017, Republicans will have control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. This is a rare situation that has happened only 16 times the past 100 years.
Under a unified Republican government, there is great potential for important reforms. Here are five areas where I hope to see progress in 2017:
Over the last few weeks, reporters with television cameras have stood watch in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City to see who is coming and going from meetings with President-elect Donald Trump.
Most of the visitors are there to talk to the President-elect about opportunities to serve in his administration, and based on the announcements so far, it is safe to say that President-elect Trump is putting together a great team.
I met a young boy named Gabe Griffin a few years back at Battleship Park in Mobile. His family and friends had organized a cross country bike ride that started in Oregon and ended on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.