Ratcliffe champions conservative healthcare reforms as Obamacare premiums soar
Delivers weekly address on behalf of Republicans in Congress
Washington, DC, October 29, 2016
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) delivered the Republican address this week to discuss how House Republicans are offering a #BetterWay to achieve quality, more affordable health care. Earlier this week, the Obama administration confirmed that Obamacare premiums will rise by more than 20 percent next year.
“Republicans are offering a plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real, sensible, patient-centered solutions,” said Rep. Ratcliffe. “Because in a nation of 323 million people, it makes no sense for unelected bureaucrats to dictate your health insurance plans. Our plan gives you more control so you can choose the plan that best fits your needs—not Washington’s mandates.”
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Remarks of Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas
Twenty-two percent. That’s how much more the average midlevel Obamacare plan will cost next year.
And here in Texas, the Obama administration has just approved rate increases for health care plans that will go up as much as 70 percent.
If you try switching your plan to avoid these sky-rocketing premiums, that, of course, means that you very well may have to find a new doctor or a new hospital. And if you’re getting treatment from a doctor you’ve trusted for years, it’s easier said than done to simply abandon that relationship and start over from scratch. So the reality is you’re stuck paying these higher premiums.
If you do decide to switch coverage, you’ll have even less to choose from. Here’s how I can best illustrate it. This next year, ten times the number of customers using the federal exchange will have only one insurance company to choose from—if you can even call that a choice.
As you can see, Obamacare is more than just another pile of broken promises. It’s the worst of all worlds. It’s higher costs and fewer choices. It’s less freedom and more government. It’s more uncertainty and less peace of mind. But there is a better way.
Republicans are offering a plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real, sensible, patient-centered solutions. Because in a nation of 323 million people, it makes no sense for unelected bureaucrats to dictate your health insurance plans.
This plan restores the separation of powers needed to stop unelected bureaucrats from steamrolling hard-working Americans with regulations out of thin air.