Voting to Pass the American Health Care Act
by Blake Farenthold on May 9, 2017 at 8:36 AM
Last week, the House passed its repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While this is not the perfect bill, nor the bill I would have written, it gets the ball rolling to bring health insurance premiums down and return control from Washington, D.C. bureaucrats back to doctors and patients. That’s why I voted, “YES." The Senate will now take up the bill and I suspect there will be significant changes before it is signed into law by President Donald Trump.
I’m amazed by all the fake news coverage and fearmongering by those trying desperately to hold on to failed Obamacare. Premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed and insurance companies are pulling out of the individual markets even with high premiums.
One of the most common false claim about the AHCA is the bill does away with protections for those with pre-existing conditions. This is FALSE. The AHCA as passed by the House explicitly maintains protections for pre-existing conditions with guaranteed issue of coverage, guaranteed renewability of coverage and a prohibition on insurance companies denying or limiting coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
The plan has always been to tackle the repeal and replacement of Obamacare from 3 angles: the AHCA which deals with financial issues because that can pass the Senate with only 51 votes, administrative changes by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and additional laws that must pass the Senate through regular order. A common complaint about how Obamacare was enacted is that it was a 2,000 page monstrosity no one read. The repeal and replacement is being done in smaller chunks that people can understand, if the media would report facts instead of pushing forward a liberal anti-Trump agenda.
I’d like to thank everyone who shared their opinions on this issue, pro or con. If you live in TX-27, I represent you whether we agree or disagree on any issue. No one should be surprised I am working hard to get rid of Obamacare. It’s one of the main reasons I first chose to run for Congress and I have been steadfast in my public opposition to the law. As we work on the additional phases of replacement, I welcome input from those I represent. The best way to contact me is through the form on my website at farenthold.house.gov.