During an address to Congress this evening, President Donald Trump called on members of Congress to repeal Obamacare. He said the pro-abortion government-run Health Care Program is collapsing and then it would be an unmitigated disaster and less Congress acted now to repeal it.
“Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare,” he said. “Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America.”
The president continued: “Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits. As an example, Arizona went up 116 percent last year alone. Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky just said Obamacare is failing in his State — it is unsustainable and collapsing. One third of counties have only one insurer on the exchanges –- leaving many Americans with no choice at all. Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan? We now know that all of those promises have been broken.”
“The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do,” Trump said. “Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice – it is a necessity. So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.”
Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans:
First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.
Secondly, we should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts –- but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the Government.
Thirdly, we should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.
Fourthly, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance – and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down immediately.
Finally, the time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across State lines –- creating a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring cost way down and provide far better care.
Earlier this month, a leaked copy of the Congressional Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare also contained language that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Although the plan has been updated since then, it’s a sign a repeal and defund battle is forthcoming.
Speaker Paul Ryan has said for months that Republicans would introduce legislation to repeal Obamacare — which funds abortions with taxpayer dollars. Congress has also approved legislation to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation but President Barack Obama vetoed the previous legislation.
Under the draft of the legislation, the Planned Parenthood abortion company would be stripped of hundreds of millions of dollars and taxpayer funding that it currently receives.
The legislation goes even further and would target abortion funding by insurance companies that are subsidized with public funds. Leading pro-life groups have long opposed such funding because it essentially has taxpayers footing the bill for abortions under insurance plans that Americans are required to purchase.
Planned Parenthood has been exposed in recent videos as not providing prenatal care and only providing ultrasounds in preparation for abortions.
Last month, a congressional investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion business over its sales of body parts of aborted baby parts concluded. Lawmakers are suggesting that Congress defund the abortion company as a result of the problematic actions they uncovered.
A Congressional report finds that de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business — even for one year — would save “several thousand” unborn babies from the nightmare of abortion. The report also finds de-funding Planned Parenthood would save the federal government $235 million.