January 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tom Reed says that both chambers of Congress approved a measure to begin the repeal of Obamacare, something Reed has supported for some time. “We care about ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare close to home for the sake of working families across our region. This is a bipartisan cause we can all agree on. That is why we will focus our efforts on providing relief to so many that are struggling under the deeply flawed Obamacare system and getting skyrocketing healthcare costs under control,” said Reed.
Reed supported the budget resolution which passed the House on Friday afternoon. The proposal will start the process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by requiring each committee in Congress submit its policy ideas for the replacement efforts by January 27. “It’s important to recognize that this is the first step in the process. The current provisions are still intact until we can get a replacement in place, but this allows Congress to start developing the replacement policies,” said Reed.
Reed says the replacement process will “take time” and went on to list his priorities for a healthcare reform package. “We are fighting to hold individuals and municipal governments harmless and protect them from unintended or negative impacts from any changes. Regardless, we must get costs down, which will require transparency and competition.” Reed also reiterated his support for popular Obamacare provisions including guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and expanded coverage for children up to age 26.