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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Blunt: Even President Clinton “Acknowledges Obamacare for the Nightmare It Is”

From Senator Roy Blunt:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement regarding former President Bill Clinton’s remarks on Obamacare:
“Former President Clinton and I don’t agree on many things, but I’m encouraged to see that even he acknowledges Obamacare for the nightmare it is,” Blunt said. “As he rightly noted, hardworking Americans are facing double-digit premium hikes under the law and it is crushing small business owners. On top of that, health insurance companies are fleeing the Obamacare exchanges, likely leaving the vast majority of Missourians with only one health insurance option next year. Democrats forced this law through Congress without a single Republican vote. Now, American families are paying the price for their reckless, politically-driven disaster. This law has been one failure after another, and Missourians deserve real solutions that will ensure access to quality, affordable health care.”
In December of last year, Blunt voted to repeal the president’s health care law, and outlinedseveral solutions that would lower costs and improve access for families, including:
  • Expanding access to Health Savings Accounts and allowing qualified participants to use HSAs to pay for premiums;
  • Allowing small businesses to pool together to offer affordable insurance options to employees;
  • Enacting meaningful medical liability reform to reduce malpractice insurance costs, leading to increased access for patients;
  • Allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines;
  • Expanding and reforming high-risk pools to provide insurance options for people with pre-existing conditions;
  • Promoting prevention and wellness programs by giving employers greater flexibility to reward employees who adopt healthier lifestyles;
  • Prohibiting insurers from cancelling a policy unless a person commits fraud or conceals material facts about a health condition;
  • Prohibiting insurance plans from instituting annual or lifetime spending limits; and
  • Implementing fair tax treatment for people who don’t receive their insurance at work.

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