Press Release: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced legislation to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The bill has 44 cosponsors.
In November voters all across the country spoke loud and clear that Congress must do everything we can to repeal Obamacare. The results of this disastrous law speak for themselves: millions of Americans out of work or unable to find full-time work. Premiums going through the roof while median incomes have fallen. Millions who have lost both their doctors and the plans they liked, contrary to the President’s promises. Meanwhile, the Administration has done absolutely nothing to prepare for an upcoming Supreme Court decision that could leave millions of Americans unable to afford insurance thanks to this failed law.
This repeal bill is pro-growth, pro-jobs, and pro-liberty. It provides time for Congress to start over, to pass true market-based reforms that will allow the purchase of insurance across state lines, expand health savings accounts, and make health insurance, personal, portable, and affordable.
We must send this bill to the President’s desk. If he vetoes it, the GOP Congress should pass bill after bill to stop Obamacare. Each will have broad support among the American people, and Democrats in both chambers will be hard-pressed not to support them. The President will be faced with a clear choice: either listen to the American people, who have never supported this law, or ignore them, and ignore the disastrous harms to millions of families, young people, and the most vulnerable among us.
The Obamacare Repeal Act fully repeals Obamacare effective 180 days after its enactment, and provides Congress and the states the intervening six months to develop and vote on patient-oriented health care reform that will incrementally unravel Obamacare’s structural damage to our health care system and economy.
Congress must demonstrate its commitment to reducing healthcare costs and empowering American families with better innovations that save and improve lives. To begin accomplishing this goal, Sen. Cruz plans to introduce additional pieces of legislation, starting with measures to allow American families to shop around the country for insurance and to reform the Food and Drug Administration to more efficiently deliver greater life-saving medical therapies for all Americans.
Sen. Cruz previously introduced the repeal legislation as his first bill as a U.S. Senator in the 113th Congress.
Alexander; Ayotte; Barrasso; Blunt; Boozman; Burr; Capito; Cassidy; Coats; Cochran; Cornyn; Cotton; Crapo; Daines; Ernst; Fischer; Flake; Gardner; Graham; Grassley; Hatch; Hoeven; Inhofe; Isakson; Ron Johnson; Lankford; Lee; McCain; McConnell; Moran; Paul; Perdue; Portman; Roberts; Rounds; Rubio; Sasse; Scott; Shelby; Thune; Tillis; Toomey; Vitter; Wicker.
The complete text of the bill is available at: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/files/documents/Bills/20150202_Obamacare_Repeal_Act.pdf