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Simpson Supports First Step to Repeal Obamacare

Budget resolution provides Congress with tools to enact patient-centered healthcare

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution which was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday. This is the most significant Obamacare repeal legislation to pass the House since the law was enacted six years ago. Passage of the resolution unlocks a legislative mechanism known as “reconciliation” which provides Congress with the ability to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare.

“It is no secret that Obamacare has not lived up to the promises made six years ago,” said Congressman Simpson. “Obamacare has led to higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer choices – and this is before the most egregious tax hikes have gone into effect. I hear from Idahoans daily about the struggles associated with this law, and today’s legislation represents an important step in replacing Obamacare with real healthcare reform that puts decisions back into the hands of families, patients, and doctors.”

The resolution was agreed to by a vote of 227-198 and was agreed to by the Senate earlier in the week.