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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Supports President Trump Fight Against Deadly Socialized Medicine

April 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.Res. 271, a Socialist Democrat bill to keep and support costly and health endangering ObamaCare. H.Res. 271 passed the House 240-186.

By way of background, a coalition of states brought a federal lawsuit, Texas v. United States, arguing ObamaCare is unconstitutional after repeal of the individual mandate tax that was the lynchpin of Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion that upheld ObamaCare. The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas ruled in favor of the states in Texas v. United States, holding that “The court therefore finds the individual mandate, unmoored from a tax, is unconstitutional.” Before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Trump Administration Department of Justice lawyers decided to not challenge the lower court’s holding that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Today’s House Resolution was introduced by Socialist Democrats in response.

Congressman Brooks said, “America was founded on freedom and liberty. Our free-enterprise economic system has made America the most prosperous and powerful nation in world history. In 2009, prior to Obamacare, America had the world’s best healthcare system at much lower cost. Despite this, Socialist Democrats, as part of their quest for government-run, single-payer healthcare in America, foisted massive wealth-redistribution and government intervention into America’s healthcare market with ObamaCare. H.Res. 271 is an attack on the Trump Administration’s efforts to move past ObamaCare’s unconstitutional structure and improve health care while lowering costs.”

Brooks continued, “Socialist Democrats refuse to acknowledge ObamaCare’s numerous flaws. According to a 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, nationwide individual market premiums increased 105% – meaning ObamaCare more than doubled health insurance premium costs.[1] In dollar amounts, nationwide annual health insurance premiums rose on average $2,928 per policy. ObamaCare hurt Alabama more than any other state in America. In Alabama, health insurance costs increased a staggering and obscene 223%.[2] That is not a ‘first’ Alabama citizens want or can afford. Alabama’s skyrocketing health insurance costs severely undermine the ability of Alabama citizens to access healthcare and take care of their own families.”

Brooks continued, “ObamaCare severely restricts Americans’ healthcare choices. President Obama’s famous claim that if you like your doctor or health care provider you can keep them was an outright lie. In a court of law, it would be called ‘fraud in the inducement.’ Between 2013-2018, the number of insurers in the individual health markets declined from 395 to 181.[3] Heritage Foundation analysts found that in 2015, 64 insurers entered the market, and nine exited. In 2017, only 10 insurers entered the market and 80 exited. There were 8 states that have one single provider in 2018. Of the states that have one provider left, 36 providers exited after ObamaCare was enacted.”

Brooks concluded, “Socialist Democrats won’t stop until healthcare in America is entirely government-run— eviscerating Americans’ liberty and freedom to choose their health insurance plan or doctor. Nearly half of House Socialist Democrats have cosponsored Medicare-for-All,[4] legislation that is estimated to cost $32 trillion over 10 years.[5] My position on ObamaCare has not changed. I believe the law ought to be repealed in toto. That way, America can return to the pre-ObamaCare best healthcare system in the world at a much lower cost to consumers. What’s more, I’ll fight Socialist Democrat attempts to implement government-run healthcare in America— whether those attempts be piecemeal (like ObamaCare) or all at once.”

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[1] https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/256751/IndividualMarketPremiumChanges.pdf

[2] https://www.al.com/news/2017/05/are_obamacare_premiums_increas.html

[3] https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1384?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22medicare+for+all%22%7D&s=2&r=6

[4] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-30/study-medicare-for-all-bill-estimated-at-32-6-trillion

[5] https://www.heritage.org/health-care-reform/report/the-health-care-choices-proposal-charting-new-path-down-payment-patient

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