CRAMER: Statement on Senate Releasing Health Care Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate released their health care reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
“Since 2013, premiums have risen 44 percent in North Dakota and 105 percent nationally. A family of four on Obamacare in North Dakota with the state‘s median household income of $60,000 may have to pay between $12,000 and $15,000 out-of-pocket before their health insurance even kicks in – a whopping 25 percent of their entire income. Unfortunately, matters are getting worse as the downward spiral of Obamacare continues. With premiums skyrocketing in 2018, one-third of counties having only one insurance plan, and many counties having no options at all, it is imperative we act to prevent a total collapse of the American health care system. This is a rescue mission, and North Dakotans have a right to better health care. I encourage the Senate to pass a bill as soon as practical so we can reconcile any differences and rescue the American people.“