Cramer: House Passes H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The bill repeals large portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and places a moratorium on federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.
“Obamacare continues to drive up health care insurance costs and limit options for consumers,” said Cramer. “This legislation was painstakingly drafted to pass the House and Senate and get to the desk of the President. The Senate’s unwillingness to vote on any legislation forces us to utilize this parliamentary tactic to repeal large portions of Obamacare.”
This is the first time in a decade the reconciliation process has been used because both the House and Senate passed a budget this year.
Title I: Committee on Education and the Workforce—The title repeals the ACA’s Automatic Enrollment Requirement. Section 1511 of the ACA requires employers with more than 200 employees to automatically enroll new full-time equivalent employees into a qualifying health plan if offered by that employer, and to automatically continue enrollment of current employees. Repealing this provision is estimated to result in $7.9 billion in savings over the 2016 to 2025 period.
Title II: Committee on Energy and Commerce—The title repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), sometimes referred to as “the Obamacare slush fund” and rescinds unobligated balances. The PPHF allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to transfer amounts from the fund to Department of Health and Human Services accounts to increase funding for Public Health Service Act-authorized prevention, wellness, and public health activities, including prevention research and health screenings.
The title also prohibits federal funds for one year for Planned Parenthood, which includes its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, and clinics. The title also increases funding to the Community Health Center Fund by $235 million in each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017, as extended by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2). These changes are estimated to result in net savings of $12.5 billion over the 2016 to 2025 period.
Title III: Committee on Ways and Means—The title repeals the ACA Individual Mandate, Employer Mandate, Medical Device Tax, and health insurance “Cadillac Tax” and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). However, the rule incorporates an amendment eliminating language in the bill repealing the IPAB and makes other technical changes. These changes are estimated to result in net savings of $37.1 billion over the 2016 to 2025 period.