Real Repeal and Real Reform for Obamacare

  Signatures updated: 7/12/17

As the Senate considers new options to replace Obamacare, it is critical that any bill includes solutions that give consumers more choice, create real flexibility for Medicaid, bring more free market principles into the market, and rein in long-term growth of Medicaid.

Consumer Choice: Obamacare’s insurance mandates have caused premiums to skyrocket. To address this, the Senate should allow insurance companies that offer at least one exchange plan deemed compliant with Obamacare to also sell other plans as well. These plans would still be subject to state laws and states would have the flexibility to create options without worrying about Obamacare.

Medicaid Flexibility: Congress must create permanent solutions giving states the flexibility to create new innovative programs to protect our society’s most vulnerable. States are the natural incubators for these new ideas and cannot be dependent on the waivers from the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Market Reforms: Any new program must embody new consensus free market reforms. Some of these include allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, expanding association health plans, allowing consumers to pay premiums from their Health Savings Accounts, and encouraging states to enact caps on punitive damages in medical malpractice cases.

Reining in Long-Term Medicaid Growth: Medicaid is one of several entitlement programs which continues to push annual federal deficits at an unsustainable pace. We must use this historic opportunity to reform Medicaid and ensure its long-term fiscal sustainability.
If Congress cannot get the replacement program right, it should simply repeal Obamacare effective December 31, 2018, and take the time needed to get the new solution right. It must be a full and complete repeal of all the tax increases, all the spending, and all the regulations. Don’t try a partial repeal in which Republicans keep some of the tax increases, or some of the spending, or some of the regulations.

Conservatives still believe that repealing Obamacare must be a priority. Repealing Obamacare has been central to Republicans’ electoral success – both in Congress and the White House. As noted in a previous memo signed by more than 100 conservative leaders:

For the last six years, Americans have endured extraordinary hardship under Obamacare, a thousand-page law of broken promises and failed policies. Sadly, millions of families and individuals have had their insurance plans canceled and access to their doctors and drugs limited. And they have lacked affordable insurance options. Those Americans who are stuck with Obamacare are facing skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and shrinking health care networks. Tragically, many of our most vulnerable citizens, who were participating in safety-net health programs long before the implementation of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, must now wait interminably to see overwhelmed health care providers — and some of those people die while they wait. It is true, of course, that some people have benefited from the President’s law, but given the money spent, it would be extraordinary if there had been no benefit at all.

Either get the “replace” program right or fulfill the promise to repeal Obamacare now and take more time replacing it. It’s more important we get it right than get it fast.

 

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan

 

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

 

Michael A. Needham

Chief Executive Officer

Heritage Action for America

 

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

 

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna

President

Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

 

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U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Indiana

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Chairman

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

 

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Former Counselor

US Attorney General

 

David Bozell

President

ForAmerica

 

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President and Partner

Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Rebecca Hagelin

Board of Directors, FamilyTalk

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L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

 

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Former Director of OMB

President Ronald Reagan

 

Lewis K. Uhler

Founder and President

National Tax Limitation Committee

 

James C. Dobson Ph.D.

Founder & President

Family Talk

 

Bob Adams 

President

Revive America PAC

 

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

 

Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

 

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)

Member, 112th US Congress

Jenny Beth Martin

Co-Founder & President

Tea Party Patriots

Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

 

Joseph A. Morris

Morris & De La Rosa

 

Haley E. Martin

President

The Martin Foundation

 

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Evelio Silvera

Campaign for the American Future

 

Anthony Allen

President

Hannibal LaGrange University

Barry Creamer

President

Criswell College

 

Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future

Jerry Melvin

President

Florida Republican Assembly

 

Shawn A. Mitchell

National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Richard H. Wright

Retired

 

Lee A. Beaman

Chief Executive Officer

Beaman Automotive

Lisa Calvert

Christian speaker and educator

Rabon-Calvert Interests

 

Robert K. Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

 

Floyd Brown

Chairman

Western Center for Journalism

 

Francis X. De Luca

President

Civitas Institute

 

Ginni Thomas

President

Liberty Consulting

 

Martha Boneta

Executive Vice President

Citizens for the Republic

 

Becky Gerritson

President

Wetumpka TEA Party, (AL)

 

Theodore Baehr

Chairman

MOVIEGUIDE®

 

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Chairman

Eagle Forum

 

Ed Corrigan

Former Executive Director

Senate Steering Committee

 

Stella Morabito

Senior Contributor

The Federalist

 

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

 

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

 

E.C. Sykes

Managing Partner

Aslan Capital

 

The Honorable Mike Spence

Founding President

Conservative Republicans of California

 

Benjamin R. Case

President

Case Consulting Services, Inc.

 

Willes K. Lee

President

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

 

Khadine Ritter

President

Eagle Forum of Ohio

 

Darrel Johnson

Owner

Attic Corp

 

Melvin Adams

Past President

RENEWANATION

 

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Charlie Cato

Chairman

Leading The Way PAC

 

The Honorable Mike Hill

State House of Representatives

Former Member, Florida

 

Belden Bell

Co-Chair

Heritage Legacy Society

 

Christopher Malagisi

Editor in Chief

Conservative Book Club

 

Randy M. Long

CEO

Long Business Advisors, LLC

 

The Honorable Donald Devine

Former Director U.S Office of Personnel Management

Senior Scholar Fund for American Studies

 

Frank J. Gaffney

President

Center for Security Policy

 

Sean Noble

President

American Encore

 

Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.

Washington Bureau Chief

Infowars.com

 

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Bennett International Group, Inc.

 

Tricia Erickson

President

Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.

 

William Pascoe

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Antietam Communications

 

Nick Logan

CEO

Cornerstone Payment Systems

 

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Hilltop Advocacy, LLC

 

Tim Wildmon

President

American Family Association

 

John McCardell

President

America’s Liberty Committee

 

John F. Tate

President

America’s Liberty PAC

 

Michael R. Long

State Chairman

New York State Conservative Party

 

Dee Hodges

President

Maryland Taxpayers Association

 

Gerrye Johnston

CEO

Men and Women for a Representative Democracy in America

 

Allen Hébert

Chairman

American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

 

Joe Calvert

President

Rabon-Calvert Interests

 

Taylor Budowich

Executive Director

Tea Party Express

 

Terrence M. Scanlon

Retired President/Chairman

Capital Research Center

 

Ralph A. Rebandt, II

Senior Pastor

Oakland Hills Community Church

 

George Rasley

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ConservativeHQ.com

 

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Liberty T

 

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President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

 

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Director

Saliba Venture Management

 

Adam Brandon

President

FreedomWorks

 

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The Weyrich Lunch

 

Kimberly Bellissimo

Founder & CEO

ForthRight Strategy

 

Terry Lynch

Past President

Park Cities Republican Women

 

Martha Boneta

Executive Vice President

Citizens for the Republic

 

Bob Thompson

Former Administrator

The Weyrich Lunch

 

Susan A. Carleson

Chairman/CEO

American Civil Rights Union

 

Belden Bell

Legacy Society Co-Chair

Heritage Foundation

 

The Honorable Seth Morgan

Former Member

Ohio House of Representatives

 

William H. Shaker

President

American Council for Health Care Reform

 

Gene Mills

President

Louisiana Family Forum

 

Cindy Honcoop

State Director

Washington Eagle Forum

 

Richard S. Slayton

Retired

 

Ed Martin

President

Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

 

Rebekah Gantner

Executive Director

Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

 

James O’Hickey

Health and Nutrition

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Peter J. Thomas

Chairman

Americans for Constitutional Liberty

 

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President

The Carlstrom Group, LLC

 

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Founder

Vision America Action

 

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Founder and Chairman

60 Plus Association

 

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