Members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation on health care debate
Healthcare is the big issue in Washington. Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish says federal lawmakers are heading in the right direction of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He says they can’t leave Obamacare as it is because it’s driving up premiums and people are losing coverage.
“We cannot leave Obamacare as it is because it has imploded. It’s just continuing to kick people off insurance. Nobody can afford what they have right now. It’s a mess, and we need to fix it,” Abraham said.
One of Governor John Bel Edwards’ biggest concerns with the replacement plan is losing Medicaid expansion. Abraham says most of the people on Medicaid are working people whose employers don’t offer insurance and who can’t afford it on their own. He says boosting the economy would resolve this.
Abraham says the bill is still in its early form with a long way to go, but he’s certain about some changes that are coming. He says rolling back the taxes created under Obamacare will be one of those changes. He says eliminating the individual and employer mandates is also a key goal for the GOP.
“I want everyone to have access to healthcare, and you’ll see that in the Republican bill. But we’re not going to mandate, as Obamacare did, that you have to buy insurance. We will give everybody access to a plan that they can afford,” Abraham said.
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