Bucshon on Delayed Vote for Health Care Bill

Washington (WEHT/NNDC) – Local 8th District U. S. Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Newburgh) talked with our media partner WEHT/WTVW by phone Thursday evening about the status of the current Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.



Q: What’s your reaction to the delay in the vote?



Rep. Bucshon: Well, I’m very disappointed because I support the legislation. And again, I think we have members of our Republican conference where perfect is the enemy of good. And I’m very disappointed. I think that the legislation does what we’ve been campaigning on and what the President promised: to repeal and replace Obamacare. It gets us a long way towards that. I’m hopeful members of our Republican conference realize that and come around and decide they’re going to support this legislation.

Q: So what’s the next step now that this is in delay?

Rep. Bucshon: Well, we’ve had this happen with other pieces of legislation. It’s part of legislating. We sometimes have differences of opinion. In fact, in about 50 minutes or so we’re going to have a meeting with House Republicans. Then later on tonight, vote on some of the things we need to do procedurally to bring the vote to the floor tomorrow. I’ll find out from Speaker Ryan and Leader McCarthy within the next hour what the next course of action is. I know the President and Vice President have been very engaged in this process and I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to solve some of our differences and move this forward tomorrow.

Q: What are the key points of this legislation that made you decide to support it?

Rep. Bucshon: Well, it repeals about a trillion dollars in taxes over the next 10 years that were put on the American people. The other thing it does is it helps stabilize the Medicaid program for the population it’s intended to serve. I’m very concerned about the dramatic expansion of the Medicaid program under Obamacare. What we want to do is preserve Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. It does that. But going forward, we also want to make sure Medicaid is stable financially and available for all of our citizens. I think this legislation does that. The other thing it does is it begins to get us back on a pathway to a solid private sector health insurance marketplace. It zeroes out the individual and business mandate penalties so we don’t have the federal government mandating people purchase a product they may or may not want or may or may not be able to afford. Some other things that get us back to a stable marketplace so that we have affordable healthcare, for example, we expand health savings accounts dramatically to allow people to afford insurance. Because with the health savings account, it helps brings down premiums. So there’s a lot of things in this legislation that advance my goal of making sure everyone has affordable health insurance and reforming some of the things in the Obamacare legislation which are just failing the American people. Costs are going up. Deductibles are high. Premiums are high. Insurance companies are dropping out of the exchanges – soon leaving people with no options.

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