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:
- AHCA Myth vs. Fact
- Coverage for Preexisting Conditions
- What Happens to Me Under AHCA?
- The Patient and State Stability Fund
- Addressing Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
- Medicaid Per Capita Allotment Reform
Have you read the bill? Page 91 lays out protections for individuals with preexisting conditions. You can read it here: The American Health Care Act
Correcting the Record
"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."
"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
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Right to Try Act last night:
“Terminally-ill patients are some of the toughest, most resilient individuals I have ever met,” said Rep. Smucker. “They and their families never give up hope for a lifesaving treatment or cure. This legislation isn’t just common sense – it sends the powerful message that Washington won’t give up hope either.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and Brendan Boyle (PA-13) are leading a bipartisan effort to provide justice to victims of sexual assault by reducing the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and Betty McCollum (MN-04) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize $250 million in federal funding over five years to help communities respond to the needs of low-income families and those in crisis because of the opioid epidemic.
Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, the superintendent and school board president of the School District of Lancaster are calling on Congress to support the proposed six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) included in the government funding bill passed by the House of Representatives last night with Rep. Smucker’s support.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging the House to take up legislation to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as soon as possible. Rep. Smucker joined 16 other members of the Pennsylvania delegation on the letter. The full text and PDF of the letter can be found below.
September 29, 2017
Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi,
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) is working to improve long-term health outcomes for children and to help ensure children have access to specialized care where and when they need it.
Rep. Smucker, along with Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-02), today introduced the Strengthening Our Pediatric Workforce Act – bipartisan legislation that will help address America’s growing pediatric physician shortage by creating a new grant program for children’s teaching hospitals to make additional residency positions available for pediatric specialists.
Lancaster, PA – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today announced Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant recipients in Lancaster, Berks, and Chester Counties totaling $375,000. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance abuse, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.
When you sent me to Congress to serve as your representative, I attended the new member orientation, which was a great opportunity to meet new colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
As we met and shared our vision for the country, we agreed to try to work together as much as possible and find common ground among Republicans and Democrats. So we signed a civility pledge and formed a nonpartisan caucus.
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: