Let's Have a Clean Repeal of ObamaCare With No Replacement
Update, July 28, 2017:
Early this morning the Senate rejected a "skinny" repeal of ObamaCare
, by a 51 to 49 vote.
The future of ObamaCare repeal or "repeal and replace" legislation in Congress is now uncertain. Continue to let your representative and senators know by phone and email that you support a clean repeal of ObamaCare with no replacement as spelled out in H.R. 1718 and S. 106. Scroll down for phone numbers and a prewritten, editable email to send.
Update, May 4, 2017: Today the House passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, popularly known as the "repeal and replace ObamaCare" bill, by a vote of 217-213. Now the bill goes to the Senate where it is expected to be hotly debated. If the Senate does pass a version of the bill, the House and Senate versions will go to a joint House-Senate conference committee where a final bill will be negotiated. The conference report bill will then go to both House and Senate for a final vote on what to do with ObamaCare. So keep on letting both your senators and representative know that you want them to reject H.R. 1628 and support instead a clean repeal of ObamaCare with no replacement!!
The biggest problem with the ObamaCare legislation (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PL 111-148 and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, PL 111-152) is that it enabled a huge increase of government involvement in healthcare. This has led to soaring healthcare insurance premiums, loss of insurance coverage, loss of choice of insurance plans, etc., etc.
We don't need the various ObamaCare-lite and ObamaCare 2.0 proposals, such as the "repeal and replace" H.R. 1628 bill, that would partially repeal ObamaCare, then replace what's been repealed with continued government involvement in and control of our healthcare system.
What we need is legislation that would repeal the basic ObamaCare laws in such a way that the provisions of law amended or repealed by the ObamaCare laws would be restored or revived as if ObamaCare had not been enacted.
Happily, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) introduced H.R. 1718
("ObamaCare Repeal Act") on March 24 to accomplish this. Although he only has three cosponsors so far, he spoke at length about his plans for bringing his bill to a vote during a radio interview on April 3
First thing to do is to get a bunch of co-sponsors so that the House leadership starts to take notice. The second thing to do is to file a discharge petition that forces it past the committee structure and straight to the House floor for a vote. So, I'm hopeful that, when we get to the point in time where I can file a discharge petition, that we will slowly but surely get the signatures on that petition.
I can't do it right now. Under House rules, I have to wait 30 legislative days. In calendar days, that translates into some time in late May, or June, just depending on how many days we're in session. But, when that time comes, if we've not addressed the repeal of Obamacare to the satisfaction of the American people, then I'm going to file that discharge petition. And at that point, it will be up to the American people to decide if they really want a repeal of Obamacare.
If they do, they contact their congressman, they get enough congressmen to sign that discharge petition, we have a House floor vote, and boom, we repeal it.
So, as Rep. Brooks said in his interview, what he needs now is "a bunch of co-sponsors" to get the attention of House leadership.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had already introduced S. 106
("ObamaCare Repeal Act") on January 11 with almost identical wording to H.R. 1718.
Please phone your U.S. representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121)
and ask them to reject the "repeal and replace" H.R. 1628 bill and instead support legislation, such as H.R. 1718 and S. 106, that would provide a clean repeal of ObamaCare with no replacement. Tell them you want a clean repeal of ObamaCare with no replacment.
Please also scroll down to email your representative and senators with the same message.