04.22.15

Senators Isakson, Perdue Co-Sponsor Repeal of Disastrous Obamacare Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) this week co-sponsored legislation that would prevent Americans from being negatively impacted again by Obamacare if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration this summer in a court case challenging the legality of a key component of Obamacare.

In June, if the Supreme Court decides in the case known as King v. Burwell that Obamacare tax subsidies provided to individuals enrolled in the federal exchange are not legal, this legislation – the Preserving Freedom and Choice in Health Care Act – will ensure that individuals have the option to keep their plan during a two-year transition period. That would give states, including Georgia, the freedom and flexibility to develop alternatives that protect the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare. This bill also repeals the individual and employer mandates and allows health care plans that would’ve been canceled by Obamacare restrictions to continue through 2017.

“Since the day that Obamacare was signed into law, I have worked to repeal it because of its terrible consequences on America’s families and small businesses,” said Senator Isakson, a member of the Senate health and finance committees, both with jurisdiction over Obamacare. “I’m proud to continue these efforts and make sure hardworking families who have already suffered the harmful effects of the president’s health care law will not be further penalized if the Supreme Court rules against the administration. We need commonsense solutions that improve the cost and quality of health care through competition and choice, rather than imposing job-killing taxes, mandates and penalties on the American people.”

“Georgians know that Obamacare has been a nightmare for families and businesses across the country,” said Senator Perdue. “This bill is a critical step in making sure Obamacare doesn’t continue to burden the American people with its harmful mandates. Obamacare has caused higher premiums, reduced access to doctors, and cut back workers’ hours. Georgians want and deserve the freedom to find a health care plan that works best for themselves and their families. All Americans want and deserve quality, affordable health care, and we continue to see that Obamacare fails to deliver on those promises.”

The Preserving Freedom and Choice in Health Care Act will:

  • In the event of a King v. Burwell decision that rules patients enrolled in the federal exchange are not eligible for tax credits: Allow anyone who would lose their tax credits to continue receiving the subsidy through August 2017 for any offered health plan of their choice.
  • Allow plans that would have been canceled because of Obamacare’s restrictions to continue through 2017.
  • Allow states – rather than Washington – to determine insurance coverage and benefit requirements.
  • Restrict eligibility for Affordable Care Act tax credits to individuals and families who have already enrolled in Obamacare.
  • End the individual mandate that all Americans must purchase health insurance or pay a fine.
  • End the employer mandate that nearly all businesses must provide health insurance to full-time employees.