Benefits of Repealing Obamacare According to Heartland Experts

May 4 2017 - 5:41pm

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 217–213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which has been in effect since 2010. What are some of the benefits of repealing Obamacare? Heartland Institute experts discuss how this bill benefits nation's spending and free market.

Obamacare Repealed

Among other things, the AHCA, crafted by the House Republican Caucus, eliminates all of the taxes in Obamacare, eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, guarantees coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions, allows adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance, repeals Medicaid expansion and gives states more control over the program, and institutes a slew of tax credits to help Americans purchase insurance.

The following statements from health care policy experts at The Heartland Institute discuss how repealing Obamacare benefits the nation's healthcare, spending and free market.

“The Republican repeal and replace of Obamacare is the biggest reduction in government since the end of World War II. Spending will be reduced by over $1 trillion, almost all in entitlement spending. Taxes will be reduced by almost $1 trillion, and the deficit reduced by the difference, which is hundreds of billions of dollars. The bill also includes hundreds of billions of dollars in reduced regulatory burdens. Any Republican who failed to vote for this is begging for a primary challenge next year.”

Peter Ferrara
Senior Fellow for Entitlement and Budget Policy
The Heartland Institute

Mr. Ferrara is the author of Power to the People: The New Road to Freedom and Prosperity for the Poor, Seniors, and Those Most in Need of the World’s Best Health Care (2015), and The Obamacare Disaster (2010).

“The House’s passage of the much-amended American Health Care Act (AHCA) proves congressional Republicans’ resolve to improve upon Obamacare come hell or high water. Mere improvement on Obamacare is far less than Republicans and President Trump promised, but this bill could prove the tip of the iceberg.

“The bill’s effectiveness now hinges on Senate markup, Senate approval, state willpower to obtain waiver exemptions to Obamacare mandates, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s pen, and congressional follow-through on other promised reforms.

“Truly patient-centered, free-market reform would cease from steering tax dollars toward insurers and rewarding individuals with tax credits for buying overpriced insurance plans. Lawmakers and voters should continue their vigilant pursuit of a health care system with less government and more patient choice.”

Michael Hamilton
Research Fellow, Health Care Policy
The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, Health Care News

“I applaud congressional Republicans who stood firm to defund the so called ‘Prevention and Public Health Fund,’ which was a wasteful Centers for Disease Control slush fund used to interfere with local government prerogatives, to advance the CDC director’s pet projects.

“Cutting off federal taxpayer dollars to fund this type of federal intervention in local affairs is a sound policy approach which would limit not only the potential for abuse in the current administration, but for future administrations, something the Senate and even the White House should support. The most vocal critics of the defunding were actual or potential beneficiaries of the fund. Their self-serving protestations should be taken at face-value.”

Jeff Stier
Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

“Notwithstanding the politics with all of this, any reasonably informed person, I believe, will acknowledge the fact that the Affordable Care Act in its current form is not the least bit sustainable even over the near term. And by ‘near term’ I mean by 2018 or 2019. Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight, and something needs to be done reasonably soon to change the law’s death spiral trajectory.

“While the AHCA bill that the House passed this afternoon keeps the most popular provisions of Obamacare – such as coverage of pre-existing conditions and allowing adult children to remain enrolled on their parents’ policies until their 26th birthdays – there are changes that, if enacted, should help bring down health insurance costs, stabilize insurance markets, and increase options for consumers. This includes expanding health savings accounts, creating a national risk pool, providing strong incentives for continuous coverage, and allowing tax credits to be used for truly catastrophic coverage.


“In large part, the bill sends the regulation of insurance back to the states, if the states choose to act. In my view, the closer one is able to get policy changes, particularly with something like health care, to consumers instead of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ Washington, DC approach, the better.”

John Garven
Founder and President, Benico, Ltd.
Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

“The tortured route to a vote on the House floor for the AHCA is evidence just how difficult an issue health care is. It is not ‘one size fits all,’ as supporters of Obamacare would like it to be. Health care is different for everyone. That’s why no plan will work for all.


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