A zein for Utah.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-06-22 18:21:37
Friend, Today we made a powerful statement to Utah and the Nation:  increasing premiums, unaffordable health care, and regulatory red-tape should not be the standard of health care in this country.  For the past seven years, Obamacare’s high costs and burdensome mandates have had devastating effects on the American economy, small businesses, and middle-class families trying to find affordable, quality care. Today, after years of discussion and countless hearings, Senate Republicans are putting forth solutions to rescue the American people from this devastating law. The discussion draft released this afternoon is an important step in our effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms that address costs, provide more choices, and ultimately put Americans—not Washington—back in charge of their healthcare.

Friend,

Today we made a powerful statement to Utah and the Nation:  increasing premiums, unaffordable health care, and regulatory red-tape should not be the standard of health care in this country.  

For the past seven years, Obamacare’s high costs and burdensome mandates have had devastating effects on the American economy, small businesses, and middle-class families trying to find affordable, quality care. Today, after years of discussion and countless hearings, Senate Republicans are putting forth solutions to rescue the American people from this devastating law. The discussion draft released this afternoon is an important step in our effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms that address costs, provide more choices, and ultimately put Americans—not Washington—back in charge of their healthcare.

I spoke about our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare today on video.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act maintains protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It repeals the burdensome individual and employer mandates, gets rid of the Obamacare taxes, and helps to stabilize collapsing insurance markets—all to make health insurance more affordable. The proposal strengthens Medicaid, giving states greater flexibility to implement healthcare programs that best meet their needs. These much-needed reforms also level the playing field between expansion and non-expansion states. The Republican plan further preserves coverage for children with disabilities and individuals with substance use disorders and mental illness. And importantly, it leaves Medicare benefits untouched. As the Senate debates the discussion draft put forward today, I will continue to review this proposal and work with my colleagues to provide better care for all Americans. 

You can find the text of the Better Care Reconciliation Act  here . 

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over healthcare issues, I fought hard to secure a number of key victories for Utah, including:

  • A stabilized insurance market that will provide for more options and lower premiums
  • Continued coverage for Utahns with preexisting conditions
  • Continued coverage for dependents until age 26
  • Special coverage for children with disabilities that have high medical costs
  • Preventative health benefits for children throughout the bill
  • Increased state flexibility to care for people with mental health and substance use disorders
  • New flexibilities for hospitals and funding to care for poor Utahns

Most important, the bill repeals Obamacare, which has raised healthcare premiums in Utah an average of 30 percent and limited Utahns in a majority of counties to just one insurance provider. President Obama’s disastrous healthcare program has also reduced quality of life in our state and increased out-of-pocket expenses. In response, the Republican plan seeks to lower costs and increase flexibility, giving Utahns more freedom to spend their hard-earned income. It also repeals Obamacare taxes and the individual mandate, empowering states to tailor programs to meet their needs instead of forcing them to accept a one-size-fits-all government plan.

For more details on the bill released today and what it means for Utah, click here. 

Know that I will continue fighting to ensure that Utahns have access to the healthcare they need at a cost they can afford.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin Hatch

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