RUTHERFORD VOTES TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, which repeals and replaces Obamacare:
“After seven years of broken promises, it is clear that Obamacare is on the path to collapse and the American people are paying the price. Just this week, we saw two more announcements of insurance carriers leaving the marketplace, leaving consumers with few or even no choices for coverage. Obamacare has given us fewer choices, skyrocketing premiums, higher deductibles, and higher taxes. It is not working and we must act. I promised the people of Northeast Florida that we would protect them from this misguided law, and today we have voted to do just that.
“The American Health Care Act repeals Obamacare, its mandates, taxes, and rules, which will lower consumer costs. It replaces it with a system that empowers individuals and families to obtain affordable, quality health care coverage. No longer will Americans be mandated to buy a plan they cannot afford, do not want, and cannot even use. The legislation maintains the guarantee that Americans with pre-existing conditions will have affordable coverage, and it continues to allow children to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26.
“While this represents a big step toward the market-based reforms needed to make health care more affordable and accessible for all, we must continue to drive down the cost of health care. I will continue working to increase access to quality, affordable health care for every Northeast Florida family.”