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Rep. Brooks Supports Freedom Caucus Victory on Amended Health Care Bill

April 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, and thanks to amendments fought for and obtained by the House Freedom Caucus, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he will vote for and support the improved and amended American Health Care Act (AHCA) that partially repeals ObamaCare while driving down health insurance costs.

Congressman Mo Brooks said, “The House Freedom Caucus sought and was denied a vote to totally repeal ObamaCare.  Worse yet, the original AHCA increased health insurance premiums over the next few years by 15 to 20% over and above ObamaCare’s expected skyrocketing premium increases.  The Freedom Caucus worked tirelessly and used its political muscle to negotiate and successfully force conservative and States’ Rights changes to the AHCA, thereby making the AHCA a different and better bill for the American people.  The Freedom Caucus changes will partially repeal ObamaCare while driving down health insurance costs for tens of millions of Americans.”  

Brooks continued, “The MacArthur-Meadows Amendment gives states the discretion to seek and obtain waivers from many of ObamaCare’s most costly, premium-increasing mandates.  This cost-reducing, States' Rights measure lowers health insurance costs for struggling American families.  In addition, fellow Freedom Caucus member Congressman Gary Palmer’s amendment drives down insurance premiums by removing the most expensive individuals from the market and placing them in a high-risk pool akin to the State of Maine’s highly successful model.” 

Brooks stated, “Another big plus is that the amended AHCA incentivizes states to force able adults to work in exchange for Medicaid benefits.  It delays the job-killing tax on employer-provided health insurance to 2026 and accelerates relief from many ObamaCare taxes to 2017, two years earlier than the original AHCA, and preserves protections for pre-existing conditions while maintaining the ability of parents to keep their children on the family health insurance plan until age 26.”   

Brooks added, “Despite these conservative advances, there is still much to be done.  While the amended AHCA does not fully repeal ObamaCare, it is drastically better than what it was a few weeks ago.  I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to build on the progress made in the House on the AHCA to deliver on our promises to the American people.”  

Brooks concluded, “Inasmuch as the House appears to have the votes to pass this amended and partial repeal of ObamaCare, I hope and expect the House Leadership to call a vote on passage of the amended American Health Care Act as early as this Friday but certainly no later than next week.”