Davis presses for Obamacare repeal on House floor

Davis presses for Obamacare repeal on House floor

WASHINGTON, DC — Defending his longstanding support for repealing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, spoke on the House floor Friday morning and declared that "Obamacare is not working."

Davis' remarks came as House Republicans approved a budget plan that takes the first step toward abolishing Obama's signature law. House and Senate committees now will draw up legislation that can be used to repeal provisions of it.

The three-term Republican said that the average cost increase for ACA plans in Illinois was between 45 percent and 55 percent, and "a good friend of mine had an 87 percent increase."

The Department of Health and Human Services said that the average monthly premium for the second-lowest cost "silver plan" for a 27-year-old enrollee increased about 43 percent, from $208 a month last year to $298 this year.

HHS says the tax credits that consumers receive would increase comparably to cover increases in premiums. Sixty percent of Illinois enrollees can obtain coverage for $100 or less after taking tax credits in 2017, the department said.

Davis said that millions of Americans were kicked off their health care plans.

"We know it's not working because 31 million people are underinsured, meaning they can't afford to use the insurance they have. Deductibles are simply too high," he said. "It's not enough to judge this law simply by the number of people who are insured, since it mandates people buy insurance anyway. We must remember the people paying premiums that continue to double and then have a deductible so high that it will never be reached.

"That's not success. That's a problem for hard-working taxpayers, many of whom don't qualify for subsidies but were forced off their previous plans because they didn't meet the standards set by Obamacare and now can't afford the plan they're mandated to buy."

Davis said he tried to "fix" the ACA by passing his Hire More Heroes Act, which incentivized businesses to hire veterans by excluding them from the ACA's employer mandate.

"It helps small businesses, helps our heroes, but we have to begin today to fix the bill itself," Davis said. "To know why this process is needed, let's remember how we got here. This bill was rushed through Congress, then had 20,000 pages of regulations just for that one bill."

Davis pledged that the Republican replacement plan for the ACA would "cover pre-existing conditions, because my wife's a cancer survivor. We have to do that."

In remarks Davis prepared but did not deliver on the floor, he said that his replacement health care plan also would provide "refundable tax credits for families to purchase health insurance, increasing competition to lower premiums, allowing people to stay on their parents' health plans until age 26."

He said that his alternative plan would "replace Obamacare with reforms that will actually drive down costs, a promise the Affordable Care Act was not able to deliver."

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AltoonaSue wrote on January 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

Given his snide tweets regarding ACA, I have a hard time believing he takes this subject seriously.

CallSaul wrote on January 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

Millions of people now have insurance who couldn't afford it or couldn't buy it before.

Paul Ryan heard from a die hard Republican who was deadset against the ACA. Until of course it saved his own life. 

Many people will die because Davis and the other extreme rightwing Republican will kill the ACA without even offering an adequate alternative. People's blood will be on Davis's hands and the hands of all those who take life saving care away from people.

And they're taking it away for the simple reason that they can. They love to sanctimoniously pose as morally superior but they're going to gleefully and enthusiastically cause people to die. 

That's the definition of morally degenerate...

vcponsardin wrote on January 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

Typical Republican politician--offers nothing but lies and criticism without providing a viable alternative.  Hey, Rodney!  If you hate the ACA so much, I'd sure love to see YOUR plan to replace it!

Chambanacitizen wrote on January 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

He sounds just like Trumpf! Haha... "one of my close personal friends were affected. They really were.. trust me." Oh ya? Prove it liar. Just like the folders had paperwork in them...

auntsonyas wrote on January 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

The ACA is beneficial to the majority of us who need it. It's VERY irresponsible for Davis and the others to take steps to revoke it before an approved plan is in place. News-Gazette: it would help considerably if you would stop calling it "ObamaCare"!

BART15 wrote on January 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

My wifes premiums went from $450 a mo. to $1600 a mo. in 5 years under Obamacare. Deductible from $2500 to $6000 a year. Many of my friends experienced the same situation. Income redistribution plain and simple. The road to Socialism ends January 20th.