(Washington D.C.) (October 23, 2015) | Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act," a budgetary measure that dismantles many of Obamacare’s costly provisions and diverts funds from Planned Parenthood to Community Health Centers nationwide:
“Today, we took a huge step forward in dismantling the unaffordable, heavily regulated Obamacare law and defunding the atrocious acts of Planned Parenthood through reconciliation, a rarely used legislative tool that bypasses the Senate’s 60 vote filibuster rule.
“Due to the restrictions of Senate reconciliation rules, this legislation does not ultimately repeal Obamacare, but it goes a long way toward gutting many of the law’s most damaging provisions such as the individual and employer mandates. Many of my colleagues and I recently submitted a substitute bill, aimed at fully repealing the healthcare law; but the Rules Committee determined the legislation doesn’t comply with Senate reconciliation guidelines.
“We tried for a touchdown, but I am pleased that we were successful in moving the ball further down the field – a move that brings us closer to removing big government bureaucracy and restoring freedom for Americans to make their own healthcare decisions.
“Government run healthcare was never part of the Founder’s vision for America, nor is it Constitutional. The administration of healthcare has always been a core responsibility of the states, guided by the free market. Our personal healthcare decisions should never be left in the hands of government bureaucrats, but to American businesses and families. It’s time to restore free market competition that drives down the cost of healthcare and removes the government’s heavy-handed intrusion into our lives.”