A First Step

Senator Roy Blunt
2017-01-06 15:25:31
Roy Blunt, US Senator for Missouri A little over three years ago, President Obama hailed the start of the Obamacare exchanges as a �life-changing� opportunity for Americans. Life has changed for Americans under this law, but it is a far cry from what the president promised. When President Obama rammed his health care law through Congress, without a single Republican vote, he repeatedly assured Americans they would be able to keep the plans and doctors they liked and could afford. By the end of 2013, at least 4.7 million Americans had their plans canceled because they did not meet the law�s mandatory requirements. The president�s claims were so far from reality that Politifact rated it the lie of the year.������ The president also said this law would bring �more choice, more competition, and lower costs for millions of Americans.� In reality, the law has forced several insurers to pull out of the Obamacare exchanges. This year, families in 97 Missouri counties will have only one choice for a health insurer. As for President Obama�s promise of lower costs, most Missourians will once again see a rise in their premiums, with some facing an increase upward of 40 percent. These rate hikes are on top of the skyrocketing deductibles Missourians are required to meet before they�re even able to use their insurance. Families and small businesses shouldn�t be penalized for the president�s failure to live up to his promises. That�s why the Republican-led Senate is taking the first steps toward repealing Obamacare. The resolution before the Senate this week provides the tools we need to repeal this law, as we promised the American people we would. But, our work doesn�t stop there.� Once enacted, there will be a transition period to allow time for step-by-step health reforms that will: - Prevent Washington from getting in between health care providers and patients;� - Break down barriers that artificially restrict choice and prevent Americans from picking the best health insurance for them; and� - Enable small businesses to provide employees the kind of affordable health coverage that better meets their needs. I�ll continue urging all of my colleagues to support efforts to begin to repeal this flawed law and move forward on real solutions that will ensure families have access to quality health care they can afford. You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram.


A little over three years ago, President Obama hailed the start of the Obamacare exchanges as a �life-changing� opportunity for Americans. Life has changed for Americans under this law, but it is a far cry from what the president promised.

When President Obama rammed his health care law through Congress, without a single Republican vote, he repeatedly assured Americans they would be able to keep the plans and doctors they liked and could afford. By the end of 2013, at least 4.7 million Americans had their plans canceled because they did not meet the law�s mandatory requirements. The president�s claims were so far from reality that Politifact rated it the lie of the year.      

The president also said this law would bring �more choice, more competition, and lower costs for millions of Americans.�

In reality, the law has forced several insurers to pull out of the Obamacare exchanges. This year, families in 97 Missouri counties will have only one choice for a health insurer.

As for President Obama�s promise of lower costs, most Missourians will once again see a rise in their premiums, with some facing an increase upward of 40 percent. These rate hikes are on top of the skyrocketing deductibles Missourians are required to meet before they�re even able to use their insurance.

Families and small businesses shouldn�t be penalized for the president�s failure to live up to his promises. That�s why the Republican-led Senate is taking the first steps toward repealing Obamacare.

The resolution before the Senate this week provides the tools we need to repeal this law, as we promised the American people we would. But, our work doesn�t stop there. 

Once enacted, there will be a transition period to allow time for step-by-step health reforms that will:

  • Prevent Washington from getting in between health care providers and patients;
     
  • Break down barriers that artificially restrict choice and prevent Americans from picking the best health insurance for them; and
     
  • Enable small businesses to provide employees the kind of affordable health coverage that better meets their needs.

I�ll continue urging all of my colleagues to support efforts to begin to repeal this flawed law and move forward on real solutions that will ensure families have access to quality health care they can afford.

You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on

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