Walker Votes to Repeal and Replace Obamacare, Supports the American Health Care Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today voted to repeal and replace Obamacare by supporting H.R. 1628 , the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 217 to 213.
“For too long, North Carolinians have anxiously opened envelopes to find that their health insurance has been cancelled or they have watched their premiums skyrocket because of Obamacare," Walker said. "For long enough, families have sat around kitchen tables, struggling to decide between paying for health insurance they cannot afford to use or a tax penalty they cannot escape. These cries for relief from Obamacare could not be ignored."
“It’s time that voters who have poured to the polls for the last several elections – rewarding Republicans with historic majorities – were heard," Walker added. "It’s time the less fortunate and those who struggle with pre-existing health conditions were given legitimate options, not a one-size-fits-all mandate. It’s time to fix the broken government policies that have crippled our health-care system for decades. It’s finally time we keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and provide relief. Today, we took the first big step to keeping that promise.”
Walker's support for the AHCA follows weeks of negotiations between the House ofRepresentatives and the White House that resulted in constructive amendments being added.
The Wall Street Journal said the AHCA "would be the most consequential GOP social-policy reform since the welfare overhaul of 1996… it starts to correct many of the government created dysfunctions that have bedeviled U.S. health care for decades."
National Review noted “the bill as it stands would abolish Obamacare’s fines on people without health insurance, reduce taxes and spending, reform Medicaid by moving it closer to federalist principles, and open the door to deregulation in states that choose to pursue it.”
The AHCA repeals Obamacare taxes and provides nearly $1 trillion in tax relief for families. It repeals many of Obamacare’s mandates that have increased premiums and cost. The legislation also protects life by defunding Planned Parenthood and ensuring that taxpayer dollars don’t go to funding abortions. Instead, it redirects the money to community health centers that offer more comprehensive services.
The legislation will now move to the Senate, where under rules for a reconciliation legislation, the vote total required to file cloture is a simple majority rather than thetraditional 60-vote threshold.
Prior to voting for the AHCA, the House passed H.R. 2192 , "To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff," with the support of Walker. Walker is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2192, which would eliminate the ability for members of Congress and staff to be exempt from the AHCA.