Obamacare's failures "have been piling up" in the past six years since Congress enacted the law, but House Republicans have "a better way" to improve the national healthcare mandate, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price said in Saturday's GOP address.
"Now we know that those who still defend Obamacare will come up with one excuse after another to protect the broken status quo," the Georgia Republican said. "They’ll ignore the evidence and the voices of those who are being harmed by Obamacare. They also ignore the desires for all Americans to have a healthcare system that’s affordable for all, accessible to all, of the highest quality.”
The stories of Obamacare's failures, including ever-rising premiums and deductibles, patients losing their doctors, and people losing their coverage suddenly are becoming well-known. This week, House Republicans passed a bill to exempt those who have lost their coverage from having to pay a tax penalty, and Price said the Republicans' "Better Way" plan will also help.
"It is how we can turn things around, a bold vision to bring America’s health care system into the 21st century," Price said. "House Republicans are offering a clean break with the past: a plan to repeal Obamacare and start over with real, patient-centered solutions – that puts patients and families and doctors in charge – not Washington, D.C."
Price said that before he went into public service, he practiced orthopedic surgery for more than 20 years, and that experience taught him there was "nothing more sacred in healthcare than the doctor-patient relationship," which will be protected through the "Better Way" plan.
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