ACU Statement on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)


WASHINGTON DC -- Over the past six weeks since the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was withdrawn, there have been some positive developments in crafting legislation that will allow Americans to choose health insurance that best fits their needs.

Positive aspects of the bill include the elimination of the individual and employer mandates, the elimination of most of the numerous taxes imposed under Obamacare, reforming the Medicaid payment system and the option of Medicaid block grants to states, a proposal long championed by conservatives, and blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood, diminishing support of the abortion industry with tax dollars.

Conservatives have played a leading role in drafting amendments to the bill, including one that allows the states to lessen the heavy hand of federal mandates through the waiver process.

Although flaws remain, including the delay in implementing parts of the bill until 2020 and a new penalty for lapsed coverage, the good features of the bill also remain.

This is still the first step in the process and changes will inevitably be made in the Senate and in a conference committee after that. It is imperative that the House take action to fulfill promises made to voters. It is even more evident now than in March that Obamacare is an abject failure and this is probably the one chance Congress will have to repeal and replace it. We urge conservatives to support this bill in the House.