WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of H.R. 3762, “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.” This bill would repeal key components of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year. This measure passed by a vote of 52-47.
“The passage of a bill to repeal Obamacare is a key victory for this Congress,” said Inhofe. “Since its disastrous roll-out, I have listened to heartbreaking accounts of how Obamacare has negatively impacted middle-class Oklahoma families. President Obama made many promises about how Obamacare would lower healthcare costs and improve the economy, yet five years later premiums and deductibles have only increased, workers’ hours have been cut, and the religious liberty of many has been threatened. Because of Obamacare, Oklahomans will see their healthcare premiums rise 35.7 percent next year, which is the largest increase in the nation. Repealing Obamacare is the first step to replacing this disastrous law with a new one that allows real health insurance markets to develop without the heavy hand of Washington getting in the way.”
“I am also proud that this bill protects innocent lives by defunding Planned Parenthood. Protecting the life of the unborn is among our most important responsibilities. With severe allegations that Planned Parenthood profited from harvested fetal tissue, it is appropriate to defund the organization and redirect the money to community health centers, where women have even greater access to healthcare than what is provided by Planned Parenthood. I applaud my colleagues for taking this step.”
H.R. 3762, as modified by the Senate, repeals key components of Obamacare, including:
- The Individual Mandate
- The Employer Mandate
- The Medical Device Tax
- The Cadillac Tax
- The Medicaid Expansion
- Over $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes
- Obamacare Subsidies
H.R. 3762 also defunds Planned Parenthood for one year and redirects this funding toward the more than 9,000 community health centers, which are better equipped to provide for women’s health needs than the only 700 Planned Parenthoods nationwide.
Though facing a sure veto from the president, passing this reconciliation bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood is important to demonstrate that the Republican controlled Congress is serious about dismantling the legacy of President Obama.
Earlier this year, Blue Cross Blue Shield notified about 40,000 Oklahomans that they will no longer offer their current plan and that policy holders will be moved to other plans in the two other networks in the state. At the same time, many other insurance companies are dropping out of the Affordable Care Act market altogether.
In October, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that Oklahomans with plans on the exchange would face an average premium increase of 35.7 percent next year, the highest in the nation.