The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act
(A failed attempt to repeal ObamaCare)
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The law was presented to the American people as health care reform that would lower costs for families and taxpayers alike, allow individuals to keep the doctor and the health plans they already had, and increase choices for all Americans.
Unfortunately, the President’s health care law has disrupted health care for millions of Americans in many ways. The law sent premiums and out-of-pocket costs skyrocketing, forced limited networks, cancelled health plans, reduced workers’ hours, hurt jobs, and threatened the safety nets of Medicare and Medicaid that protect some of our nation’s most vulnerable. Today, just seven percent of Americans say they expect the law to reduce their health care costs. Further, a Gallup poll shows that one in three Americans report putting off medical treatment that they or their family need because of cost — the highest response rate in the 14-year history of Gallup asking consumers about this issue.
The country needs a better path forward, which is why we are advancing the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (Patient CARE) Act. Our proposal provides needed relief to those hurt by the President’s broken health care promises. Our plan outlines policies and reforms that will lower health care costs, and increase choices, access, and quality. We are committed to advancing these reforms without adding a dollar to our deficit.
The American people expect responsible health care reforms that will not only fix what is broken, but build on what works, such as continuing to foster the medical innovation that has been the envy of the world. Our proposal will not return to the failed policies that existed before the President’s health care law. Nor will our plan force American families, job creators, workers, seniors, and taxpayers to continue living with the dire consequences of the President’s health care law.
We are charting a better path forward by offering our vision for America —one that empowers patients, families, small businesses and states instead of Washington bureaucrats. Our plan would:
Provide relief to Americans hurt by the President’s health care law;
Advance quality care for patients;
Empower patients, families, small businesses, and states with more choices;
Better serve some of our most vulnerable by modernizing Medicaid;
Lower the costs of health through increasing competition and choice;
Strengthen the transparency, delivery, and sustainability in health care.
The President and his Democratic allies jammed a large, flawed, partisan bill through Congress. The American people deserve better. Our proposal embraces a step-by-step approach to truly reform health care by lowering costs and improving access—the very reforms the American people were promised and deserve