Inhofe Co-sponsors Cruz Obamacare Repeal Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative who has long opposed Obamacare, today cosponsored Sen. Cruz’s Obamacare Repeal Act which fully repeals PPACA and HCERA effective 180 days after enactment of the Obamacare Repeal Act. Senator Inhofe released the following statement:

“Time and again Obamacare has failed the American people with its broken promise of affordable, accessible health care. But today, I am proud to announce that we are one step closer to a full repeal of Obamacare with Senator Cruz’s Obamacare Repeal Act, of which I am a proud co-sponsor. I will continue to pursue efforts with my colleagues in the Senate to defund Obamacare and work towards a full repeal and a sensible healthcare reform.”

Senator Cruz’s Obamacare Repeal Act shows Congressional intent to, not only repeal the law, but start over with genuine health care reform. Sen. Inhofe has cosponsored other bills relating to repealing/replacing Obamacare including:

Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (S. 12)This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to add a provision to exempt any employee with coverage under a health care program administered by the Department of Defense, including the TRICARE program, or by the Veterans Administration, from classification as an eligible employee of an applicable large employer for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide such employees with minimum essential health care coverage.

Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2015 (S. 30)Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the employer mandate to provide health care coverage, to: (1) modify the formula for calculating the number of full-time employees employed by an applicable large employer subject to the mandate; and (2) define a "full-time employee" as an employee who is employed on average at least 40 hours per week (currently, 30 hours).

Helping Individuals Regain Employment Act (S. 38)Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from the definition of "full-time employee," for purposes of the employer mandate to provide minimum essential health care coverage, any individual who is a long-term unemployed individual. Defines "long-term unemployed individual" as an individual who begins employment after enactment of this Act and has been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer.

Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act (S. 123) The bill would repeal section 1342 of Obamacare, which provides for the risk corridors to distribute money from exchange plans that earned profits to exchange plans that suffered losses.

Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2015 (Repeal IPAB) (S. 141) This legislation will repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats to make additional cuts to the Medicare program based on arbitrary global budget targets.

Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act (S. 149)This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers.

Jobs and Premium Protection Act (Health Insurance Tax Repeal) (S. 183) This bill will repeal the health insurance tax (HIT) mandated by the ACA. The health care law mandated a fixed sum tax on the sale of health insurance written in the fully-insured market, which is where many small businesses find themselves.

American Liberty Restoration Act (Repeal Individual Mandate) (S. 203) This bill repeal provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requiring individuals to purchase health insurance. 

Employer Mandate Repeal (S. 305) This bill would repeal the federal mandate on employers to offer health insurance.

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