On the President’s Desk
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Congress sent the Restoring America’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 to President Obama for his signature, marking groundbreaking action to fix and implement major reforms to the President’s failed health care law, ObamaCare. Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, released the following statement:
“This is not a symbolic vote,” said Congressman Poliquin. “This is real action.”
“This bill will, finally, eliminate some of the most damaging provisions of the President’s health care law that are detrimental to our hardworking families and local businesses.
“As a single-father with an asthmatic son, I know, firsthand, how important a family’s health is to a parent. It should be a top priority for Congress to put in place a fair and effective health care system.
“That is why I am proud to support this bill, which advances several reforms that I put forward in my letter to then-House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. This bill repeals harmful portions of the law, such as the medical device tax and the individual mandate, while maintaining important provisions that Maine families depend on, such as requiring insurance companies to provide coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions.
“Congress has done its job and put this bill on the President’s desk. The American People, of all political backgrounds, have spoken out against ObamaCare loudly and repeatedly since its disastrous rollout six years ago. Now, finally, Congress has acted and put the pressure on this President to undo the most damaging parts of this policy.
“I am also very pleased that this legislation stands up for Life by freezing federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics as Congress continues to investigate the serious allegations of malpractice occurring there. No organization should be permitted to use federal tax dollars to fund an illegal operation and it is important that Planned Parenthood, like any entity that is seriously suspected of conducting illegal operations, be fully investigated before it receives federal funding. This bill will redirect federal funding to federally qualified health centers that are central to providing critical health services for women in our Second District.
“I am pleased that this legislation does not decrease women’s health care funding in the Second District, but instead provides funding for women’s health care to qualified health facilities.”