Letter to the Candidates — Promise to Repeal Obamacare

January 5, 2016

Dear Republican Presidential Candidates,

On Wednesday, the House will vote to send a bill to President Obama’s desk that would repeal significant portions of Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process. This congressional effort and the forthcoming presidential veto will provide momentum to help make the full repeal of Obamacare a reality in 2017.

Heritage Action has long supported full repeal of Obamacare and outlined a path forward using the budget reconciliation process last year. The 2012 Republican Party Platform was explicit:

“Congressional Republicans are committed to its repeal; and a Republican President, on the first day in office, will use his legitimate waiver authority under that law to halt its progress and then will sign its repeal. Then the American people, through the free market, can advance affordable and responsible healthcare reform that meets the needs and concerns of patients and providers.”

An ironclad commitment to repeal the entire law will keep Obamacare and its disastrous side effects at the forefront of the campaign. The next administration should:

  1. use every executive power at its disposal to halt the implementation of Obamacare-related federal regulation of the insurance market;
  2. ensure the Vice President presides over the Senate during reconciliation to guarantee complete and full repeal is achieved through the reconciliation process; and
  3. sign a complete and full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including all provisions relating to federal regulation of the insurance market, into law.

A strong majority of Americans believe Congress should use the same process to repeal Obamacare that was used to pass the law. They are right. America cannot afford another four more years of Obamacare.


Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer

Please Share Your Thoughts

9 thoughts on “Letter to the Candidates — Promise to Repeal Obamacare

  1. Why did you sell us out? You have betrayed our trust and it will be remembered come election time! I suggest you correct the damage you have done by removing Obama from office immediately without any excuses or delays!

  2. I am confused over the “Article V Convention of States” issue. NAGR says it is a bad issue while many states are claiming it is the only way correct all things that wrong with our government. Which is correct?

  3. I am depending on a Republican president to repeal Obama care, & particularly the individual mandate before Feb. 2017.

  4. Vote out any politician ,congress and senate who vote for Obama’s budget. We the people are watching and voting.

  5. It is not necessary to repeal o
    Obamacare, only to make it optional and to remove the last 100 years of obstruction to free market medicine and insurance. Repeal is one less battle to fight. US health care spends about $9000 per patient. Is a doctor makes say $1000/hour, for sake of argument, that would pay for nine hours of a doc’s time. How many see a doc for an hour annually, much less nine? Where does all the other money go? That is one big question we need to ask.

  6. I filed an ADA complaint last year that Obamacare is unconstitutional because since my disability qualified me for Medicare and SSDI, I was prohibited from participation in the marketplace. As a result, I was denied my constitutional right to property because my costs were over $20,000 instead of limited to $2700 in the marketplace, and because even though part of my SSDI is taxable, I am denied tax credits for premiums. My Medicare premiums are several times the maximum income percentage allowed in the marketplace. I am also denied my constitutional right to life, since I cannot afford to get the same amount of care as I could if I was allowed to purchase a silver plan in the marketplace. The DOJ finally responded last month that they recognize the argument but choose not to take action, as there are too many ADA complaints to handle each one.

  7. I am trying unsuccessfully to obtain clear guidelines on how states should be implementing MAGI in the marketplace for Medicaid. As I move further into the calculations, I am concerned about the gender inequality built into Medicaid eligibility. A pregnant woman qualifies for Medicaid at 238% of FPL, with the child to be adding one to the household count. I am on SSDI and since my husband suffered two strokes, it is the sole source of income. We are nearly a year into the SSDI process for him, and cannot qualify for Medicaid because the state does not use the same MAGI Calculation as the marketplace. If he were pregnant instead of disabled, we would qualify in a heartbeat. Medicaid is intended to be a safety net for the truly needy like my husband. I read the Breitbart report this week and did some rough calculations. If pregnant women were moved off Medicaid into a silver plan on the marketplace, and the same number of disabled individuals moved onto Medicaid, the premium increases would be much smaller. A normal birth costs $12,000 as opposed to between $30,000 and $120,000 average annual health costs for a disabled individual. Even though the pregnancy costs are above the normal enrollee spending, it would still move younger, healthier people with lower costs onto the marketplace, and disabled individuals who are very sick onto Medicaid. I havent been able to get the figures I need for an accurate comparison, but my estimate is that 75% to 80% of the premium increases could have been avoided, using policies that are fair to both male and female citizens.

    • For comparison, my husband is found ineligible at 133% of FPL or higher. That means that a woman can earn an extra $10,000 per year and obtain Medicaid simply by becoming pregnant.

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