Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Relief from Obamacare: A Better System Ahead Republican Congressmen Keith Rothfus, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster Preview the Improved Health Care

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Relief from Obamacare: A Better System Ahead Republican Congressmen Keith Rothfus, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster Preview the Improved Health Care

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The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was forced through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote. It was sold to the American people with multiple false promises, like President Barack Obama's infamous, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Supporters of the law said it would reduce premiums for families by an average of $2,500 per year. It did not. One by one, Obamacare's promises were broken. Now, premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket with no mechanism in the law to bring prices down.

In Pennsylvania alone, workers and families are facing average premium increases of 33 percent. The list of insurers who have left the Obamacare exchanges altogether because they can no longer afford to offer plans is growing. Eighteen of the 23 Obamacare-created Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (Co-Ops) across the country have collapsed - after taxpayers were forced to waste $2 billion to keep them operational. Instead of a robust insurance marketplace, Obamacare is building a monopoly that all but guarantees costs will continue to rise.

Still, supporters claim this bill has fixed a once-broken health care system. In reality, Obamacare covers 24 million fewer people than it was expected to, and the projected price tag has more than doubled at $2 trillion. This simply cannot be defined as success. Those Americans who did sign up for health care through Obamacare did so under the threat of financial penalties from the federal government. The large majority of newly insured were pushed into Medicaid, a broken insurance program that has historically failed our most vulnerable populations. Not only does this seriously limit consumer choice and quality of care for patients, but it also comes at a serious cost to the American taxpayer.

It's time for change. We have no choice but to scrap this failed program and replace it with a system that gives Pennsylvanians access to the care they need, at a price they can afford and from a doctor they choose. …

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