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Today FreedomWorks’ director of public policy and legislative affairs, Jason Pye, sent a letter to House and Senate offices stating that FreedomWorks will key vote against the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628. The letter also included the rationale behind the decision:
“FreedomWorks has long opposed ObamaCare and supported the effort to repeal the 2010 law, which is why we key voted in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762, in the 114th Congress. This bill repealed ObamaCare’s tax and cost-sharing subsidies, most of the law’s taxes, and Medicaid expansion within two years. It also zeroed out the individual and employer mandates.
“The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming Republican support. In fact, only five members–three in the House and two in the Senate–voted against it. All but three House Republicans voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act in February 2016.
“After President Obama’s veto of Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing ObamaCare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law.”
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) once declared, “[T]he best interests of the country would be achieved by pulling out ObamaCare root and branch.”
“The American Health Care Act falls short of these promises.
“There are parts of the American Health Care Act that bring about positive reforms, including the expansion of health savings accounts (HSAs), the repeal of most of ObamaCare’s taxes, and Medicaid reforms. Unfortunately, even with recently submitted changes, the American Health Care Act has too many ObamaCare-like flaws.“
The letter can be found HERE.