TPA Joins Coalition Urging Support for House Healthcare Bill

David Williams

March 23, 2017

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) understands that this is a critical moment for taxpayers and Congress, and that is why our organization supporting for the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The status quo is deteriorating and the nation can no longer afford the disaster that is Obamacare. AHCA provides economic and regulatory relief to the millions of individuals that have continued to suffer under the grips of a failed healthcare bill that must be repealed and replaced. The American Health Care Act provides a path to accomplish the goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare and puts in place a framework that will allow for the Health and Human Services Department to also play a critical role in gutting needless and onerous regulations that have continued to plague our healthcare system. The initial bill, along with the changes made this week provide a substantive opportunity to ensure greater consumer choice and economic stability in the healthcare market. TPA encourages the House to support this legislation so that the Senate can move forward and do the same. TPA signed onto this coalition letter, organized by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), in support of the legislation. 

Read the full letter below:

March 15, 2017 

On behalf of our organizations, representing millions of Americans from across the country, we write in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As advocates of free market principles and limited government, we endorse this significant legislation that would take the first major step toward repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In its place, it would create a more market-oriented health care system that prioritizes liberty, consumer choice, and innovation over Obamacare’s government mandates.

AHCA repeals nearly all of Obamacare’s tax increases, thereby saving taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. These taxes – including the prescription drug tax, “medicine cabinet” tax, and health insurance tax, just to name a few – have increased the cost of health care and placed an unnecessary financial burden on individuals and families. Further, the bill would eliminate both the individual and employer mandates, which are punitive measures that have effectively acted as hefty taxes. AHCA would also wisely expand Health Savings Accounts and significantly increase the flexibility of these funds. 

Additionally, the legislation would implement the most significant entitlement reforms in more than 20 years. By converting Medicaid to a per capita allotment and putting the massive program on a budget, it would shield taxpayers from rapidly escalating costs, encourage innovation, and shift power out of Washington and into state capitals. 

To ensure that all Americans have access to health insurance, AHCA would create a means-tested, advanceable, and refundable tax credit that would be available to individuals who do not have access to employer sponsored insurance or government programs. For decades, conservatives and libertarians have advocated for tax credits as the preferred mechanism to provide financial assistance to lower income Americans for the purchase health insurance. Tax credits empower the less affluent to make their own health care decisions in the private marketplace, rather than relying upon inefficient and costly government programs. 

The AHCA is the first of several necessary steps to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered, free market approach to health care. We look forward to working with you and the Administration to make this and other important policy changes that will help reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care for all Americans.

Sincerely,

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Dan Weber, CEO, Association of Mature American Citizens
Peter Nelson, Vice President and Senior Policy Fellow, Center of the American Experiment
Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Heather Higgins, President and CEO, Independent Women’s Voice
Andrew Langer, President, Institute for Liberty
Gregory T. Angelo, President, Log Cabin Republicans
Charlie Sauer, President, Market Institute
Ryan Ellis, Founding Co-Chair, Obamacare Repeal Coalition
Jerry Rogers, Founder, Six Degrees Project
Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom
Dan Perrin, President, HSA Coalition
David Williams, President , Taxpayers Protection Alliance

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