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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Collins issues press statement on ACA repeal

All WNY News     Thursday, May 04, 2017    

PRESS RELEASE



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Chris Collins (NY-27) today voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act, which will improve access, reduce costs, and provide Americans with the health care system they deserve.

"This puts us even closer to ending the Obamacare nightmare that has plagued Americans for the last seven years," said Congressman Collins. "The legislation passed today increases competition and gives people the power to make their own choices with their own health care. The American Health Care Act is a drastic improvement over the failing health care system Obamacare has left us with."
For Western New Yorkers, the bill also includes the largest property tax reduction ever to be enacted. The legislation includes an amendment Congressman Collins introduced that would bar federal reimbursements for New York State Medicaid funds raised from local governments.

"My commonsense proposal will fix the finances of counties across New York for decades to come and most importantly keep money in the pockets of hardworking Western New Yorkers," said Congressman Collins. "This puts a stop to this massive unfunded mandate coming out of Albany once and for all."

For residents in New York's 27th Congressional District, it would result in more than $470 million in property tax savings. The proposal would only apply to the $2.3 billion being raised from counties outside of New York City to pay for the state's Medicaid share. New York State currently raises $7 billion from its local governments to fund its $27 billion Medicaid liability, which is the largest such mandate in the nation.

Beyond the property tax savings for New Yorkers, the legislation improves access and affordability, and removes more than $800 billion in onerous taxes and fees that have been stifling the economy and eliminating job growth.

Congressman Collins indicated these improvements are absolutely necessary because the current health care system has completely failed. In 2017, 33% of counties nationwide only have one insurer on their exchange, and many counties are being left without any insurance providers. He also noted that Obamacare has unsustainably raised insurance premiums by nearly 40% in the last three years.

Recently, thousands of New Yorkers experienced the pain of Obamacare when they were kicked off their insurance plans because their provider, Health Republic, collapsed.
The American Health Care Act:
  • Eliminates the individual and employer mandate, which forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into government mandated plans that did not work for their needs.
     
  • Guarantees protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions by prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, banning insurers from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and preventing insurers from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage. Additionally, New York state law fully protects individuals with pre-existing conditions.
     
  • Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid by implementing a "per capita allotment" which provides more flexibility for states and results in the largest entitlement reform in decades.
     
  • Provides Americans access to affordable care that works for their needs by delivering monthly tax credits of $2,000-$14,000 a year, which individuals and families can use to purchase private insurance of their choice.
The American Health Care Act now heads to the Senate where it will need to be approved before heading to President Trump's desk to be signed into law.

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