Griffin Cosponsors American Health Care Reform Act

Oct 24, 2013 Issues: Health, Tax Reform

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after cosponsoring the American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121):

“Workers and families are losing their health insurance plans, premiums are going up and the Obamacare website isn’t working.  It’s clear we have to scrap Obamacare and start over to get health care reform right.  I’ve long advocated for real, patient-centered reforms that will lower costs by encouraging innovation, increasing competition, cracking down on frivolous lawsuits and reducing waste, fraud and abuse.  The right kind of reform will expand access and ensure more Americans get high-quality, affordable health care.  Patients deserve customized care that fits their needs – not Obamacare's one-size-fits-all, Washington-knows-best approach – and that’s why I’m proud to support this legislation.”

The American Health Care Reform Act would:

-          Repeal Obamacare

-          Protect individuals with pre-existing conditions against discrimination

-          Let individuals buy insurance from providers anywhere in the country, just like auto insurance

-          Treat those who get insurance through their employer and those who get insurance on the market equally, via a standard tax deduction for health insurance purchasers

-          Expand access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and increase the amount of pre-tax dollars that can be contributed to portable savings accounts for health care expenses

-          Enable small businesses to partner together and create insurance pools to bring down costs

-          Discourage frivolous lawsuits through medical malpractice reform that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages

-          Preserve the rights of conscience and life by blocking taxpayer money for abortions