AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Chip Roy, Director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action, issued the following statement on passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Today, conservative leaders in the House brought the American people a glimmer of hope that states might save American healthcare from the clutches of a federally controlled and regulated system under Obamacare," said Roy. "This improved version of the American Health Care Act grants governors the ability to seek waivers from the onerous Obamacare regulations that unfortunately remain in place as the default rule even under this bill. This means governors would have both the opportunity and the burden of leading to free their states from these default regulations."
"Further reform remains necessary, however, as the bill retains far too much of Obamacare’s flawed Medicaid expansion, replaces one form of subsidy with an even more expansive one in the form of a refundable tax credit, creates a $138 billion slush fund for insurers, and leaves almost all of Obamacare’s cost-driving regulations and mandates as the federal standard," Roy continued. "As the bill heads to the Senate, we hope it will be improved, at least by allowing states to opt in to Obamacare rather than forcing states to temporarily, partially opt out."
For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Roy, please contact Alicia Pierce at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.
Mr. Chip Roy is the director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at Texas Public Policy Foundation.
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