LaHood defends health care act as way to 'rescue Americans' from Obamacare collapse
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) says critics of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) haven't been talking to his constituents lately.
“Since joining Congress, I have consistently visited all 19 counties of the 18th District discussing many issues, including challenges facing our current health care system,” LaHood said. “Whether they are small-business owners, farmers, or many hard-working families, the people of Central and West Central Illinois are looking for relief from the skyrocketing premiums and rising deductibles caused by Obamacare.”
Lahood characterized the AHCA as an imperfect bill but one that would begin to move the nation’s health care system in the right direction. He countered some of the criticisms that have come out since the House advanced the bill, including some of its measures and the process it followed to a vote.
“The bill will also continue to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions; allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26; repeal taxes levied by Obamacare, like those on prescriptions and medical devices; enhance flexibility through health savings accounts; and put Medicaid on a long-term sustainable path,” LaHood said. “All of this was done through the regular legislative process, with the bill text online for Americans to read and understand. The American Health Care Act fulfills the promise to rescue Americans from the impending collapse of Obamacare and supports patient-centered reforms that will provide access to quality, affordable care.”
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