Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Reacts to Senate’s Obamacare Repeal Bill

June 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) reacted Thursday to the release of Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The House passed its repeal and replace legislation in May, and Roby said the Senate simply having momentum on a bill is a step in the right direction.

“We are taking a look at the Senate bill right now. The good news is they have a bill, and we look forward to the Senate passing their legislation so we can begin reconciling the differences with what we passed in May,” Roby said.

“Obamacare is crumbling all around us. Costs are skyrocketing and providers are fleeing the market. We have to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care system that lowers costs, increases access, and isn’t run by the government.

“This is a serious issue for me because my constituents are being hurt by Obamacare. Premiums in Alabama have risen by more than 200 percent since Obamacare was implemented. That’s more than any other state in the country. I hope the House and Senate can eventually come to an agreement on final legislation and send an Obamacare repeal bill to the President’s desk.”

In May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) released a report revealing health insurance premiums in Alabama increased by an average of 223 percent between 2013 and 2017 due to regulations imposed by Obamacare. That was the highest increase in the nation and more than double the national average of 105 percent.

The House-passed American Health Care Act is the first of a three-step plan by Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration to repeal and replace Obamacare. Upon enactment of the AHCA, HHS Secretary Tom Price will begin using his authority to unravel the web of Obamacare rules and regulations that drive up patient costs. Finally, Congress will take up standalone legislation to further bring down costs through bipartisan proposals such as allowing insurance competition across state lines and health care portability.