WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.

“For the last seven years, Oklahomans have been burdened by the ill effects of the Affordable Care Act,” Mullin said. “Oklahoma deserves better than skyrocketing premiums, outrageous out-of-pocket expenses, and one insurer left in the marketplace. All over the country, we’ve seen the health insurance market collapse, leaving hardworking Americans with health care coverage that is anything but affordable. Now is the time to make good on our promise to deliver relief to the American people.”

The American Health Care Act provides refundable tax credits for those who do not have insurance through their employer, reforms Medicaid to shift power back to the states, expands Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to give Americans greater choice and flexibility in purchasing health coverage, safeguards pre-existing conditions with federally funded high-risk pools and continuous coverage protections, and restores pro-life principles by defunding Planned Parenthood. Health insurance companies can never deny an individual coverage based on a pre-existing condition, even if that state has applied to waive coverage of certain essential health benefits.

“The American Health Care Act takes health care out of the hands of Washington, D.C. bureaucrats and puts it back where it belongs: in the hands of the patients,” Mullin added. “I’m glad to see the American Health Care Act pass out of the House today so that Oklahomans can begin to regain control of their health care with more affordable, more accessible, and more dependable coverage.”

The House passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, by a vote of 217 – 213. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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