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As the nation divides over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Rick Allen is standing firm on his position.

Allen said in a press release Thursday that the legislation will “repeal and replace Obamacare, once and for all,” though pundits on both sides of the aisle have refuted the claim that Thursday’s vote repeals the Act.

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Allen said of the recently passed American Health Care Act:

“For seven years, Americans have been subject to Obamacare. Premiums have skyrocketed, coverage has dwindled and access to physicians has decreased. Some Georgians in the 12th District have only one choice when it comes to insurance providers—and often not the choice they want. Enough is enough.

Today, I supported the American Health Care Act because President Trump and Congress made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. President Trump has said he is behind our efforts 100%, and I am committed to fighting to restore patient-centered, cost-effective and market-driven solutions to our health care system. Simply put, my goal is to have a healthcare system that works for my constituents, and I believe the American Health Care Act is the answer.”

Allen touted the AHCA for “dismantling Obamacare taxes, eliminating mandate penalties, allowing young adults to stay on parental insurance until age 26, and providing monthly tax credits to low and middle-income individuals.

He also said the bill guarantees coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The bill now heads the Senate. It will require 51 votes for passage. The Amendment to close the loophole and require Congressman and Senators to obtain the same health insurance as Americans will need at least 60 votes in the Senate.

 

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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