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Update — Obamacare in 2016

A Message From Representative Walden
 

Since Obamacare’s rollout almost six years ago, I have continued to look for ways to clean up the mess that’s impacted our nation’s healthcare system. We need to get back to a system that’s centered on patients, without putting big government in the middle.

 

Recently, a new bill was signed into law that funds the government through September but does not contain any new spending on Obamacare.

 

Moreover, the new plan cuts $15 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), one of Obamacare’s most controversial features. That’s $5 million more than was cut from the IPAB in last year’s budget. The IPAB is an unelected board of bureaucrats that can ration Medicare spending with little oversight from Congress. That’s not right. Medicare is a promise to our seniors that must not be broken. This funding cut is an important step towards stopping this rationing board.

 

In addition, the House has taken steps to delay taxes on health insurance plans and medical devices that so many rely on. The delay of three cost-heavy, onerous Obamacare taxes is a win for patients, consumers, workers, and businesses. When combined, the delay of these taxes puts $35 billion back in the pockets of the American people this year.

 

Our budget for 2016 puts us on track to combat the worst abuses of Obamacare. Moving forward, you can be sure that I will continue to oppose this flawed law and advocate for solutions that return Oregonians to a patient-focused health system.

 

It’s an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

 

Best regards,

 

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District

 

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