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Bill to 'gut' Obamacare goes to President's desk

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Washington, January 6, 2016 | comments
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today voted in support of H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act of 2015,” which passed the House by a vote of 240-181 and the Senate by a vote of 52-47. The bill would decrease the federal deficit by $516 billion over the next 10 years, restrict funds to groups that perform voluntary abortions, and repeal major provisions of Obamacare.

The legislation passed under a special procedure called 'reconciliation' that can be used once per congressional session to prevent filibusters in the Senate. This is the first time a bill that restricts funds to groups that perform voluntary abortions and also repeals major provisions of Obamacare has made it to President Obama’s desk.

“I have and will continue to oppose using taxpayer dollars to support organizations that perform abortions," said Thornberry. "I voted against the health care bill when it passed Congress in 2010, and I have voted more than 50 times to send a bill to the President that repeals, dismantles, or stops funding for this plan.”

The bill strips all federal funding, including Medicaid, from providers of elective abortions for one year while Congress completes its investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices surrounding the selling of fetal tissue. The funding would be redirected to more than 9,000 women’s health care service providers that do not provide elective abortions. 

To dismantle Obamacare, the legislation also:

     • Decreases the deficit by $516 billion over the next 10 years;
     • Repeals the 40 Percent Excise Tax on High Cost Health Plan, or the “Cadillac Tax;”
     • Repeals the Medical Device Tax;
     • Repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund, commonly known as the “Obamacare Slush 
     • Repeals the Auto-Enrollment Mandate;
     • Eliminates penalties for noncompliance with the Individual and Employer Mandates;
     • Eliminates government subsidies for people to purchase plans bought through the 
     • Repeals expansion of Medicaid adopted by 30 states; and
     • Repeals the over-the-counter medicine tax, prescription drug tax, an annual fee on health 
        insurers, and tax on indoor tanning services.

Click here to download video footage for news purposes of Mac answering questions about the bill.
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