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On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and tell them to vote YES on the motion to proceed on a 2015-style ObamaCare repeal bill. A motion to proceed is a procedural vote that allows the Senate to consider legislation on the floor.
On December 3, 2015, the Senate passed the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762. The bill repealed much of ObamaCare – including the tax and cost sharing subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and the taxes that came with the law – and reduced the federal budget deficit by $516 billion over ten years.
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 52 to 47. With the exception of Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), every Republican voted for the bill – including Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
ObamaCare is imploding. More than 1,000 counties and five states have only one health insurance company offering plans on the ObamaCare exchanges. Forty-five counties don’t have any insurer on the exchanges.
For more than seven years, Republicans successfully campaigned on ObamaCare repeal. Senators made floor speeches in support of repeal, and, again, they voted to pass a repeal bill in December 2015, less than two years ago.
Today, we have a president who would sign a 2015-style repeal bill into law. In fact, President Trump is actively urging the Senate to pass such a bill. There are no more excuses. It’s time for Senate Republicans to follow through on nearly a decade’s worth of promises to grassroots conservative activists.
FreedomWorks will count the vote on a motion to proceed on a 2015-style repeal bill and triple-weight the vote on our 2017 Congressional Scorecard. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.
Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks