Correspondence from Senator Crapo on Healthcare – March 16, 2017

Correspondence from Senator Crapo on Healthcare – March 16, 2017

Following the Resist Trump Tuesday event and specific questions addressed to Senator Crapo on healthcare, Senator Crapo responded with the following letter:

March 16, 2017
Dear Mr. X
Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts about health care reform. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome this opportunity to respond.
Prior to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), America’s health care system was in need of reform; however, the so-called “Affordable Care Act” favors a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach that has led to increased premiums, smaller provider networks and stifled competition between insurers. PPACA has made it more difficult for individuals, families and small businesses to find cost-effective coverage.
PPACA promised to provide “more choice, more competition and lower costs.” However, just seven years later, insurers have increasingly left the marketplace as costs continue to rise. This year, premiums have increased by an average of 25 percent, nearly one-third of all U.S. counties have only one insurer offering plans on their state’s exchange, and 34 percent fewer doctors and other health care providers accept insurance bought on the exchanges compared to private insurance.
Absent congressional action, the health insurance market will collapse. Premiums will continue to increase, insurers will continue to pull out of the individual market and customers will continue to lose access to their providers. The status quo of PPACA is no longer an option.
In taking the first step toward repealing and replacing PPACA, the House Ways and Means and House Energy and Commerce Committees voted favorably to advance the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The AHCA dismantles the taxes implemented by PPACA, including taxes on medications, health insurance premiums and medical devices, and eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties.
The AHCA contains numerous other noteworthy reforms that advance access to health care coverage for individuals and families nationwide. The measure would establish a Patient and State Stability Fund, providing states with $100 billion to design programs that meet the needs of their patient populations, modernize the Medicaid program and expand the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Finally, the AHCA would empower individuals and families to make health care decisions that are right for them, by giving many low and middle-income Americans who do not receive insurance through a work or government, monthly tax credits.
This health care legislation must go through the full House before it will be considered in the U.S. Senate. Throughout this process, it may undergo additional modifications. When the AHCA does proceed to the Senate, I will review it in its updated form, keeping the thoughts and concerns of all Idahoans in mind.
As we work to repeal and replace PPACA, Congress remains actively engaged with governors, stakeholders and constituents to develop a replacement plan that works for all Americans. Replacing a one-size-fits-all, top-down failing system with a consumer-driven, local-based system will better ensure the American people have access to health care coverage that is right for them.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me in the future on this or other matters of interest to you. For more information about the issues before the U.S. Senate as well as news releases, photos, and other items of interest, please visit my Senate website,
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Mike Crapo
United States Senator



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