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Roe Supports Budget Proposal to Start Obamacare Repeal

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For Immediate Release, January 13, 2017 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting in support of the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal. This proposal will trigger the ability to use the reconciliation process to repeal Obamacare:

“In 2011, when the American people put Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives, we made a promise that we would repeal the fundamentally flawed Affordable Care Act and replace it with patient-centered, market-driven health care reforms. I am proud to support the budget today, which is the first step on the path towards fulfilling that promise. For the last seven years, I’ve been contacted by numerous East Tennesseans who are concerned about the impacts of President Obama’s health care law. Since this law went into effect, they’ve seen their premiums increase and their options for health coverage dwindle. Make no mistake: this law has failed, and it’s past time we provide much-needed relief and more affordable coverage options to the hardworking Americans suffering because of it.

“I also realize there are people who have been able to access coverage under Obamacare and we need to make sure they continue to have coverage options, which is I have written the American Health Care Reform Act, a replacement plan for Obamacare. As a physician who spent my life caring for patients, I am keenly aware of the issues within the American health care system, which is why no one in Congress is proposing we return to status quo before Obamacare.” 
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