Reed Fights for Quality Care
Congress Begins Process of Obamacare Repeal
With a week until inauguration, both chambers of Congress approved a measure to begin the repeal of Obamacare, something Tom Reed has supported for some time. “We care about ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare close to home for the sake of working families across our region. This is a bipartisan cause we can all agree on. That is why we will focus our efforts on providing relief to so many that are struggling under the deeply flawed Obamacare system and getting skyrocketing healthcare costs under control,” said Reed.
Reed supported the budget resolution which passed the House this afternoon. The proposal will start the process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by requiring each committee in Congress submit its policy ideas for the replacement efforts by January 27.
“It’s important to recognize that this is the first step in the process. The current provisions are still intact until we can get a replacement in place, but this allows Congress to start developing the replacement policies,” said Reed.
Reed was cautiously optimistic after the vote saying the replacement process will “take time” but emphasized his willingness to listen to the residents of the 23rd Congressional District throughout the process. “We should never pass a bill to find out what is in it. We have to listen to the people from all sides of the aisle because the open and honest discussion is critical if we are going to get this right.”
Reed went on to list his priorities for a healthcare reform package. “We are fighting to hold individuals and municipal governments harmless and protect them from unintended or negative impacts from any changes. Regardless, we must get costs down, which will require transparency and competition.” Reed also reiterated his support for popular Obamacare provisions including guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and expanded coverage for children up to age 26.