A Nebraska Congressman says scrapping the Affordable Care Act and replacing it will be a top priority of the new Congress.
Congressman Adrian Smith claims this isn’t just Republicans killing Democrat Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
“Yes, I voted against Obamacare and no Republican voted for Obamacare,” Smith tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “But, my concern is not about my party. My concern is about the American people having access to health care and the federal government doesn’t get in the way.”
Smith wants to replace the ACA with a market-based, patient-centered alternative.
“If we see more products available that people will choose because they find value in the product themselves, rather than avoiding getting kicked by the federal government with a fine, we’ll all be better off,” according to Smith.
Smith says budget reconciliation measures can be used to repeal much of the ACA. A filibuster cannot be mounted against budget reconciliation bills, which will need only 51 votes to pass the Senate. Only provisions which impact spending or revenue can be included.
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Congressman Tom Price of Georgia as Secretary of Health Human Services, a key position in discussions of how to proceed on health care. Smith, who sits with Price on the House Ways and Means Committee, calls Price very knowledgeable. Price is a physician and has been very critical of the ACA and has proposed an alternative to the law.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]