Saturday, September 28, 2013

Billy Long: American Health Care Reform Act is good alternative to Obamacare

In his latest newsletter, Seventh District Congressman Billy Long talks about an alternative to Obamacare.

It is clear the American people do not support Obamacare.  Recently the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives in the House, unveiled our answer to ridding our nation of Obamacare and replacing it with common sense solutions.
The American Health Care Reform Act will not only fully repeal Obamacare, but also provide a common sense alternative to health care reform in our country.
This legislation spurs competition in a competitive market to lower costs, provides for equal tax treatment of all, and protects people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination.  Under this legislation, Americans would be able to purchase health insurance across state lines, and association health plans are created to allow small businesses to join together to purchase health insurance at cheaper rates for their employees .  We help people with pre-existing conditions by supporting state-based high risk pools and improving insurance portability for people with a pre-existing condition.
The American Health Care Reform Act also expands access to Health Savings Accounts by increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars a person can deposit into a savings account that can later be used for health care expenses.
Our proposed legislation would protect the unborn by ensuring that no state pro-life or conscience protection laws will be preempted.  This bill also ensures that no federal dollars can be used for abortions, except in the case of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is jeopardized.
I am proud to support the American Health Care Reform Act, which is a huge step in the right direction to include conservative ideas in providing an alternative to Obamacare.

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