FAIRFAX—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to pass the Cassidy-Graham bill repealing and replacing Obamacare before the fiscal year ends:
“We are encouraged that the Senate is close to passage on the Cassidy-Graham bill, which is the last best chance for Republicans to keep their basic promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It ends the noxious individual mandate that compels people to purchase health insurance. It ends the employer mandate which discouraged employers from hiring full-time employees. It increases flexibility for the states and respects them through its common-sense block grant formula, giving state legislatures a key role in offering lower-cost health insurance alternatives to their citizens. States are also empowered to apply for waivers from Obamacare regulations, allowing insurers to offer similar lower-cost alternatives to consumers.
“While the failure to rip all of the Obamacare regulations out in their entirety is disappointing, the Cassidy-Graham proposal is a step in the right direction and Congress must not miss this opportunity to act this year on keeping its promise. This will set the stage for further next steps in eliminating the remaining competition-killing regulations that remain intact.”