“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.”
So reads the Obamacare Repeal Act as authored by Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL).
Brooks is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and had announced his opposition to the Republican Healthcare alternative known as the American Health Care Act last week before the planned vote on Thursday (and then again on Friday).
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) March 24, 2017
You can read Brook’s rationale against the AHCA bill here.
Here’s what Brooks had to say about the GOP healthcare bill last week on Fox News:
“We are being asked to vote for the largest Republican welfare plan in the history of the Republican Party. That should be a hard swallow and a hard sell. We’ll see how it plays out. To get my support we have to keep our commitments to the American people. We promised that we were going to repeal Obamacare. The House leadership plan is not a repeal of Obamacare. It keeps substantial parts of Obamacare in place, and it copies or repackages other parts of Obamacare. A repeal bill is like what Congressman Steve King out of Iowa has, it’s a nice two page bill, two sentences, the Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed effective such-and-such a date. What we have on the Republican side right now is a bill that is easily over a hundred pages long. That is not a repeal. So let’s keep our promise, repeal it…
Once we repeal it, then we need to in my judgement, interject competition into the marketplace. Allow interstate competition amongst health insurance carriers and providers. On the other hand, the health insurance industry has various parts that are exempt from antitrust laws which promote oligopolies and monopolies, which suppresses competition and makes pricing go up. So let’s go ahead and do our best to ensure that we eliminate those antitrust exemptions in the health care industry…
Then finally my position is, once we’ve got the repeal and we have interjected competition into the marketplace with all the benefits that comes from that, with price suppression, better quality of service, let’s turn this over to the states in the form of block grants and let the 50 states handle this health care issue.”
Now that the AHCA bill is effectively dead, Brooks has already begun working on a new effort to repeal Obamacare and his first effort at doing so is a straight repeal bill that simply does what it says – REPEALS Obamacare.
Brooks’ bill has no co-sponsors at this point.
“If the American people want to repeal Obamacare, this is their last, best chance during the 115th Congress,” Brooks said. Those Congressmen who are sincere about repealing Obamacare may prove it by signing the discharge petition.
“At a minimum, the discharge petition will, like the sun burning away the fog, show American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.”