Washington, D.C. – Today, with Congressman David Rouzer’s support, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3762 – Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 to repeal major provisions of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year while redirecting funds to community health centers. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), this bill will reduce the deficit by $129.8 billion over the next 10 years.
“For the past five years, we have all been forced to cope with the consequences of Obamacare - including increased healthcare costs, fewer coverage options and job losses. This bill is a great step in the right direction to repeal some of the worst aspects of Obamacare, while also protecting life, investing in women’s healthcare and reducing our deficit by more than $129 billion.”
As a result of the House and Senate passage of a Budget Resolution earlier this year – the first in 10 years – Congress pursued a very unique piece of legislation known as “Budget Reconciliation.” A budget reconciliation measure only requires a simple majority in the Senate which means that it cannot be filibustered. The catch is, under the budget rules of reconciliation that were put in law with passage of the 1974 Budget Act, only narrowly crafted language that affects revenues and spending can be included. This prevents the full repeal of Obamacare from being included. However, under these strict rules of reconciliation key parts of the Affordable Care Act can be included, and striking them from the law would leave Obamacare dead in the water.
H.R. 3762 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 240-189. H.R. 3762 is supported by Family Research Council, National Right to Life, National Taxpayers Union, National Retail Federation, Liberty Council Act, National Coalition of Benefits, Concerned Women for America, Susan B. Anthony List, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans United for Life, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, Liberty Counsel Action and Americans for Prosperity.