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Tiberi Talks Obamacare on WMAN with Rusty Cates

“We want to make sure people have more choices than they do today.”

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Washington, January 26, 2017 | Olivia Hnat | comments
“We want to make sure people have more choices than they do today.”
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This morning, Representative Pat Tiberi spoke with Rusty Cates on Mansfield’s WMAN News & Talk. They discussed Obamacare and Congress’s efforts to replace it by taking a step-by-step approach that will give families and patients more health care choices and better access to their doctors.

Key Excerpts from Rep. Tiberi: 

“We are not going to pull the rug out from under people. That is the last thing we want to do. Obamacare has taken seven years to go into effect, and it wasn’t totally in effect yet. The transition period out of this is going to take some time. As we transition out of it and on to something else, we are not going to, again, pull the rug out from under folks. That is pretty important.”

“We are figuring out how to do that rationally, instead of having a long 2700 page bill that Nancy Pelosi famously said we have to pass it so we can figure out what is in it. We are going to do this in [small pieces], so people can understand it.”

“We want to make sure people have more choices than they do today… So they can actually keep their doctor and [have] more choices in their health care coverage that [will be] right for them. We also want to make it portable, meaning if you change jobs you can take your health care with you, just like you can take your auto insurance with you.”

House Republicans unveiled a health care blueprint in June 2016 with priorities for reform that include:

  • Moving health care decisions away from Washington and to where they belong: with patients, their families, and their doctors.
  • Giving patients the right tools, like Health Savings Accounts, to make their health insurance more portable and affordable.
  • Breaking down barriers that restrict choice and prevent Americans from picking the plan that is best for them and their family.
  • Providing coverage protections and peace of mind for all Americans—regardless of age, income, medical conditions, or circumstances.
  • Empowering small businesses to provide employees with the kind of affordable health coverage that meets their needs.

Read more from the Joint Economic Committee: A Myth vs. Fact on Repealing & Replacing Obamacare.

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