Health care will again top the agenda of Congress when it convenes for a new session, beginning in January.
But this Congress plans to undo the Affordable Care Act, approved at the end of 2009.
Sen. Deb Fischer says American voters demanded change in the November elections and the Republican-controlled Congress plans to give them just that, with repealing the ACA a top priority.
“Nebraska families continue to be hurt by this failed law with higher costs and fewer choices,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “It is time to repeal Obamacare and replace it with policies that will reduce costs and improve care.”
Fischer says Republicans have promoted many changes to make health care more affordable, all of which were ignored by Democrats when the law passed.
“Those ideas were not allowed to come forward in the Senate, because no Republican votes were needed at the time to get it passed,” Fischer says.
Fischer says Republicans have proposed allowing health insurance to be carried across state lines as well as placing limits on malpractice liability claims among other suggestions.
The United States House approved the Affordable Care Act in November of 2009. The Senate followed with approval coming on Christmas Eve. Democrats held strong majorities in both chambers, enough to approve the measure without Republican votes.
“I think what we always need to remember is policy is better when you can have all parties involved in the forming of that policy,” according to Fischer.