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Congressman Byrne’s 4-page bill would repeal 906-page Obamacare law

Posted on January 28th, 2015

Source – AL.com

By Brendan Kirby

The Affordable Care Act runs 906 pages and reworks a sixth of the U.S. economy. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, would undo it all in four pages.

That is the length of a bill he introduced Wednesday to repeal what commonly is called Obamacare.

“The facts are clear: Obamacare is driving up costs and placing a real burden on the American people,” Byrne said in a prepared statement. “Everywhere I go in southwest Alabama, I hear a different story about how this law is making life harder for families, doctors and small businesses.”

Under Byrne’s proposal, the law immediately would be repealed and would call on relevant congressional committees to submit legislation to replace it with a new law that would:

  • Foster economic growth and private sector job creation.
  • Reduce health care premiums through competition.
  • Allow patients to keep private insurance plans if they like them.
  • Provide people with pre-existing health conditions with affordable coverage.
  • Enact medical liability laws to reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending the results when doctors fear lawsuits.
  • Increase the number of Americans with insurance.
  • Protect the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Offer greater flexibility to states to administer Medicaid.
  • Expand incentives to encourage personal responsibility.
  • Prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for abortions.
  • Eliminate duplicative government programs.
  • Keep federal entitlement programs from growing out of control.

“Obamacare is beyond repair,” Byrne said in the statement. “No quick legislative fix will make all the problems go away. We must repeal Obamacare in its entirety. I encourage my colleagues to join me in this effort to repeal Obamacare, and I hope the House will soon consider this full repeal legislation.”

Byrne came to Congress a year ago vowing to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. But spokesman Seth Morrow said the congressman has not had a chance to vote against the Affordable Care Act in a standalone bill.

Since the law passed in 2010, Republicans have tried repeatedly to eliminate it. But the legislative proposals never went anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Fresh off taking the oath of office in January 2014, Byrne signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill to repeal the law and replace it with one that focused on market reforms.

In March, he co-sponsored a bill to create a “watchdog” to investigate implementation of the law.

In his second year in Congress, Byrne has shown a willingness to introduce bills making major changes to domestic policy. Earlier this month, he sponsored a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

Byrne so far has not found co-sponsors for this proposal.