Representative Kristi Noem today joined the House in passing legislation to repeal the majority of President Obama’s health care law. The bill will now head to the White House for the President’s signature or veto. While the President is expected to veto the legislation, this represents the first time a major repeal of Obamacare provisions has been able to avoid a filibuster by Senate Democrats and reach the President’s desk.
“For five years, I have fought for this day,” said Noem. “This Congress owes it to the American people to take its best shot at repealing the President’s health care law. Every single health care plan on the exchange in South Dakota saw a double-digit rate increase this year – every single plan. It’s too expensive for families and it’s simply unaffordable for taxpayers. Rather than targeting the drivers of health care cost increases, Obamacare issued top-down mandates to ensure more people would foot an even larger bill. Today, we sent a signal that this Congress is serious. It’s time to fix this problem for the American people.”
H.R.3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, repeals the individual and employer mandates, the “Obamacare slush fund,” the medical device and “Cadillac” taxes, among other provisions. It also eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. If enacted, the legislation would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
H.R.3762 was passed through a budgetary process called reconciliation, which allows Congress – once a year – to avoid a filibuster in the Senate.
Noem has been a vocal opponent of the President’s health care law. As an alternative, she has previously supported legislation that would allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and allow businesses to pool together in order to purchase more affordable coverage for employees. She has also supported efforts to offer a tax break to families for health care expenses and expand access to health savings accounts.