Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted with his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762), which will dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and reduce the federal deficit by a half trillion dollars over the next ten years. The legislation defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects those funds to community health centers. It also provides state grants in response to the national substance abuse epidemic and mental health needs.
"We have learned that the so-called Affordable Care Act has offered nothing more than skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, as well as a loss of income for employees being reduced to part-time status as companies dodge unaffordable insurance mandates," said Rogers. "This legislation redirects our future, recouping $500 billion on our deficit and restoring economic confidence for job creators. It also provides moral clarity, ensuring taxpayers are not blindly paying for abortions, rather, sending those dollars to healthcare facilities that uphold the sanctity of life."
Since the legislation has already passed in the Senate, this is the first broad repeal of Obamacare that will be sent to the president's desk.