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Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Representing the 16th District of Pennsylvania

Health Care

Congressman Smucker's Statement on Passage of the American Health Care Act:

“Obamacare is broken. Premiums are skyrocketing and insurance options are disappearing. Premiums in Lancaster County increased 40 percent in 2017 – the highest in Pennsylvania. The entire system is unsustainable and on the verge of collapse. It’s time for change.

“The American Health Care Act will help ensure Pennsylvanians have access to the care they need at a price they can afford. It returns regulatory power to the states – where it belongs – so that governors can run state-specific programs instead of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach. It ends Obamacare’s costly mandates and provides both a market-driven system that will lower premiums, and tax relief to hardworking Americans to help make health care affordable. Finally, the bill provides protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“I urge the Senate to take up this legislation quickly and look forward to seeing its changes to help improve our health care system.”

American Health Care Act Resources:

Have you read the bill? Page 91 lays out protections for individuals with preexisting conditions. You can read it here: PDF iconThe American Health Care Act

Correcting the Record

The Washington Post: Despite Critics' Claims, the GOP Health Care Bill Doesn't Classify Rape or Sexual Assault as a Preexisting Condition

"The notion that AHCA classifies rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition, or that survivors would be denied coverage, is false."

"We always say at The Fact Checker that the more complicated the topic, the more susceptible it is to spin. Both media coverage and hyperbole among advocates are at fault for creating a misleading representation of the House GOP health bill. We wavered between Three and Four Pinocchios, but the out-of-control rhetoric and the numerous assumptions pushed us to Four Pinocchios."

PolitiFact: Headlines That Say GOP Bill Makes Sexual Assault a Preexisting Condition are Misleading

"The bill does not change what is or is not a preexisting condition; the health insurance companies write those definitions for themselves. The House bill also does not single out sexual assault or any other medical issue as a preexisting condition."

The Wall Street Journal: Preexisting Confusion

"Liberals are inflating the pre-existing conditions panic with images of patients pushed out to sea on ice floes, but the GOP plan will ensure everyone can get the care they need."

National Review: The Preexisting Lie

"The perversity of it all is that the legislation is properly understood as doing more to preserve the Obamacare regulation on preexisting conditions than to undermine it. The legislation maintains a federal baseline of protection in such cases, and says only that states can apply for a waiver from it, provided that they abide by certain conditions meant to ensure that no one is left out in the cold."

The Reading Eagle: GOP Should First Do Itself No Harm in Health Care Bill

"The GOP's approach on pre-existing conditions - seeking to provide coverage for the truly needy as a safety net - is sound. And its approach to the individual mandate - axing it in favor of a premium hike on those with a gap in coverage - is equally sensible. The premise of both these approaches is the same: to encourage people to get and keep health coverage, so that it is truly insurance against the risk of illness. And dropping coverage mandates would allow people to buy more affordable policies to cover the very catastrophic problems most of the horror stories about the bill claim it will cause."

American Enterprise Institute: Stop Crying Wolf About the AHCA

"The risk of losing coverage because of a pre-existing condition under the AHCA is confined to the subset of people buying insurance in the small group/individual market, who live in the likely small number of states that seek and receive a waiver, who do not maintain continuous coverage, who have a pre-existing condition, and whose state did not set up an effective high risk pool or participate in a federal pool. As far as pre-existing conditions are concerned, the sky is not falling."

 

More on Health Care

May 18, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) is urging President Trump’s administration to reject spending cuts to the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in order to continue the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic that has swept across Pennsylvania and the nation.

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Smucker said:

May 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) issued the following statement after voting for the American Health Care Act:

“Obamacare is broken. Premiums are skyrocketing and insurance options are disappearing. Premiums in Lancaster County increased 40 percent in 2017 – the highest in Pennsylvania. The entire system is unsustainable and on the verge of collapse. It’s time for change.

April 21, 2017 Video
March 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today introduced his first bill in the U.S. House, setting out to lower health care costs for seniors across Pennsylvania and the country.
 

March 10, 2017 Video