AFP Key Voting Against GOP Healthcare Plan

Mar 21, 2017 by AFP

Group will oppose the plan unless significant changes made; Launching ad campaign thanking ‘no’ votes in the House

Arlington, Va – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest and most aggressive advocate for healthcare freedom, reaffirmed the organization’s deep concerns with core elements of the GOP healthcare bill. The group said that as currently written, it was unable to support the legislation, and would key vote against it unless significant changes were made.

Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner had this to say:

“Republicans in Congress promised a full repeal of Obamacare, but the current plan falls far short. It leaves intact some of the most harmful aspects of the law, including burdensome regulations that send insurance costs spiking and federal subsidies rebranded as tax credits. We simply cannot support this bill, and commit to standing with champions in the House who also oppose the continuation of Obamacare.”

Americans for Prosperity has issued messages on social media in support of lawmakers opposing the bill, and announced an immediate ramping up of a paid digital campaign thanking them for keeping their promise to demand a true repeal of Obamacare.

Previously, Americans for Prosperity outlined four key changes viewed as essential to achieve repeal of Obamacare:

  1. Tax Credits: The tax credits in the current plan are simply a rebranded version of Obamacare’s subsidies for costly care riddled with federal mandates.
  2. Cadillac Tax: Keeping this tax also would keep the cost of certain plans higher, and AFP has opposed it for years. Congress should honor the promise to eliminate all Obamacare-related taxes.
  3. Medicaid Relief: Relief from the untenable costs of Medicaid expansion should come in January 2018, not be delayed for years.
  4. Insurance Regulations and Mandates for Essential Health Benefits: EHB’s are another major driver of high costs, forcing people to purchase coverage many of them may not want or need. According to AFP, these should also be eliminated as soon as possible rather than keep costs artificially higher for years.

For information or to schedule an interview, please contact Levi Russell: LRussell@afphq.org

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 35 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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