Congressman Don Bacon voted last week for the U.S. House heath care bill and is confident that it will fix many problems now associated with the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Bacon says, “I would set it as a rescue mission because the current health care system is going down right now if we don’t intervene. Unfortunately, those who are opposing what we did are offering no plans to fix ACA other than going to a nationalized or a single payer health care system which I definitely oppose.”
Congressman Bacon says opponents seem to be scaring Americans with what the new bill contains. He says, “I heard on the floor the other day before I voted, a person from the other aisle says this bill is worse than AIDS. The scare mongering is terrible. This bill insures that pre-existing conditions are covered – period.”
There are also questions about waivers. Congressman Bacon says, “The waivers can only be used if they are going to maintain pre-existing conditions. You only get the waiver if you can show it will be more cost effective or lower rates but it still has to maintain those pre-existing conditions. I feel the other side is clearly overreaching and I think the people will see through it.”
One argument from many Americans is that people don’t know what is in the bill. Congressman Bacon says there are only certain things that the U.S. House can put in the repeal and replace bill. He says issues like cross-state shopping or associational pools cannot be put in the U.S. House bill because it is not allowed under U.S. Senate rules. He says the bill next goes to the U.S. Senate where those additions can be made.
Congressman Bacon says this is a good bill that will benefit Nebraskans.