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Obamacare Is Hurting American Families, Westerman Says

January 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement Friday (January 13) upon passage of S. Con. Res. 3, a bill which lays the groundwork for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act:

“Obamacare has proven to be a failed policy that is doing more harm than good to the American people,” Westerman said. “The vote today is the first step in dismantling a tangled web of policies that has reduced overall healthcare options while raising costs. If we do nothing, the federal deficit will continue to rise, as will healthcare costs. There is a better approach to healthcare for the American people and it begins with a repeal of Obamacare followed by an open process to debate and overhaul healthcare policy that prioritizes the health needs and fiscal stability of Americans.”

According to the House Committee on the Budget:

  • The American people were promised a $2,500 decrease in premiums – instead, avg. family premiums in the employer-sponsored market have soared by $4,300;
  • 18 of the 23 Obamacare co-ops have now failed, leaving only five co-ops still in existence. Almost 1 million Americans have lost health care coverage due to failed Obamacare co-ops;
  • This year, five states – Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming – will have only one insurance provider; and
  • Access to care is more limited since Obamacare took effect, as more health plans narrow networks.