Rep. Ratcliffe upholds promise to repeal Obamacare
Washington, DC, May 4, 2017
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted Thursday for the American Health Care Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare and implement conservative health care reforms in its place. He released the following statement following the bill’s passage:
“Today I kept the promise I made to the people of Texas’ 4th District to repeal Obamacare – a fight I’ve been dedicated to since my first day in Congress. The legislation we just passed is a direct response to the nearly 8 out of every 10 folks in my district who voted for President Trump and his plan to work with Congress to eliminate Obamacare as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s plan to double down on it.
“As negotiations were ongoing to fine-tune the language in our bill, I had the opportunity to meet with President Trump at the White House to discuss our conservative priorities. I’m grateful our conversation led to the president’s support for creating optional Medicaid block grants; incentivizing the implementation of work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults on Medicaid; and preventing tax credits from being used to pay for elective abortions. I believe that having a seat at the table for the important issues of the day is exactly what my constituents elected me to do, and I thank President Trump for his ongoing leadership throughout this process.
“I’m also thankful for my Republican colleagues who offered additional constructive amendments that have even further improved this bill. All of these efforts culminated with today’s historic vote, which now places the ball in the Senate’s court. You can count on me to remain steadfast in my efforts to return sanity to our nation’s healthcare system. The American people deserve nothing less.”