Conservative Groups Send Letter of Support for the American Health Care Act

Today, a broad coalition of leading conservative organizations endorsed the American Health Care Act. In an open letter to Congress, the groups urged passage of Republican legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with truly affordable, patient-centered, conservative reforms.

“As advocates of free market principles and limited government, we endorse this significant legislation that would take the first major step toward repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In its place, it would create a more market-oriented health care system that prioritizes liberty, consumer choice, and innovation over Obamacare’s government mandates.”

View the full letter here or below, read the bill at readthebill.gop, and learn more about the American Health Care Act at speaker.gov/healthcare.

On behalf of our organizations, representing millions of Americans from across the country, we write in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As advocates of free market principles and limited government, we endorse this significant legislation that would take the first major step toward repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In its place, it would create a more market-oriented health care system that prioritizes liberty, consumer choice, and innovation over Obamacare’s government mandates.

AHCA repeals nearly all of Obamacare’s tax increases, thereby saving taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. These taxes – including the prescription drug tax, “medicine cabinet” tax, and health insurance tax, just to name a few – have increased the cost of health care and placed an unnecessary financial burden on individuals and families. Further, the bill would eliminate both the individual and employer mandates, which are punitive measures that have effectively acted as hefty taxes. AHCA would also wisely expand Health Savings Accounts and significantly increase the flexibility of these funds.

Additionally, the legislation would implement the most significant entitlement reforms in more than 20 years. By converting Medicaid to a per capita allotment and putting the massive program on a budget, it would shield taxpayers from rapidly escalating costs, encourage innovation, and shift power out of Washington and into state capitals.

To ensure that all Americans have access to health insurance, AHCA would create a means-tested, advanceable, and refundable tax credit that would be available to individuals who do not have access to employer sponsored insurance or government programs. For decades, conservatives and libertarians have advocated for tax credits as the preferred mechanism to provide financial assistance to lower income Americans for the purchase of health insurance. Tax credits empower the less affluent to make their own health care decisions in the private marketplace, rather than relying upon inefficient and costly government programs.

The AHCA is the first of several necessary steps to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered, free market approach to health care. We look forward to working with you and the Administration to make this and other important policy changes that will help reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care for all Americans.

Sincerely,

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President
National Taxpayers Union

Grover Norquist, President
Americans for Tax Reform

Dan Weber, CEO
Association of Mature American Citizens

Peter Nelson, Vice President and Senior Policy Fellow
Center of the American Experiment

Tom Schatz, President
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Heather Higgins, President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Andrew Langer, President
Institute for Liberty

Gregory T. Angelo, President
Log Cabin Republicans

Charlie Sauer, President
Market Institute

Ryan Ellis, Founding Co-Chair
Obamacare Repeal Coalition

Jerry Rogers, Founder
Six Degrees Project

Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Counsel

Article source: http://www.speaker.gov/general/conservative-groups-send-letter-support-american-health-care-act

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