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Rep. Labrador Statement on the American Health Care Act



Wednesday | Mar. 8, 2017

Tristan Daedalus   (202) 495-8546


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued the following statement about the proposed replacement for Obamacare, the American Health Care Act.

“Six years ago, I promised the people of Idaho that I would do everything I could to fully repeal and replace Obamacare with a healthcare system that focused on people, not programs.  One built around successful health outcomes, not the bottom line of insurance companies.  A healthcare system that reined in an out of control federal government, not one that permanently cemented government into the healthcare marketplace.  They sent me to Washington to get rid of Obamacare, and replace it with something that will, once and for all, create a healthcare system that allows the market to deliver lower costs and focus on patients.  I have spent the last two days studying the American Health Care Act, and unfortunately, it is not that bill.

“Upon its release, President Trump signaled his willingness to negotiate.  I’m eager to take him up on this offer.  All good legislative solutions must go through rigorous debate, and I'm willing to work with the leadership in the House, and the President, to find a solution to this critical problem.  What I won’t do is break the pledge I made to the people of Idaho who sent me here to fix this.

“I am hopeful we can have an open and honest debate on this issue.  We owe it to the people of Idaho and the nation to get it right.”

Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01) serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. He also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations.
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