March 20, 2017 | Press Release

- Hagedorn supports ACA repeal & replacement with free-market reforms -

Blue Earth, MN – Today, Democrat Rep. Tim Walz confirmed he will vote against Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. In response, First District Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn issued the following statement:

Obamacare is imposing economic hardship upon individuals, small businesses and the medical care industry, particularly rural hospitals. Governor Mark Dayton is correct, the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable.

Far too often, Obamacare is sabotaging employment opportunities, placing caps on wages and forcing employers and employees to make employment decisions based upon the cost of health insurance.

When Tim Walz voted for Obamacare he promised southern Minnesotans they could keep their doctors, keep their health insurance plans and save $2,500 per year. Instead, tens of thousands of First District families have endured the opposite; families have lost relationships with doctors, had policies canceled and are paying astronomical premiums with deductibles so high the underlying coverage is virtually worthless.

Let’s be clear, Minnesota didn’t need Obamacare. Ninety-three percent of Minnesotans had health insurance under the previous system, and the needs of residents with pre-existing, expensive medical conditions were adequately addressed.

By voting for and continuing to support Obamacare, Walz is actively working against the interests of Minnesota’s First District. Sadly, Tim refuses to accept responsibility and apologize for the Obamacare hardship he has inflicted upon southern Minnesotans.

I opposed Obamacare from the beginning and believe the Act is an unmitigated Washington, D.C. disaster that must be repealed and replaced with free market reforms.

My solutions are intended to: restore the doctor-patient relationship; increase insurance competition to place downward pressure on the price of premiums/deductibles; enable portable, job-to-job health benefits; encourage medical care shopping; and, eliminate taxes regulations and mandates and transfer health care authority from Washington, D.C. to the states, private sector and the American people.

I stand with President Trump and the Republican Congressional Majority as they begin the process of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with free-market reforms. I support an array of commonsense solutions, including the following:

  • Eliminate barriers to nationwide health insurance competition and place downward pressure on the cost of insurance premiums and deductibles
  • Extend tax credits and authorize the use of pre-tax income for individuals to purchase portable, job-to-job health insurance benefits
  • Expand the use of Health Savings Accounts, backed by catastrophic coverage, to encourage medical care shopping, reward healthy living and build savings
  • Require medical care providers to disclose the cost of basic procedures, treatments and exams to help consumers compare price and generate internet-based shopping
  • Provide care for those with expensive and pre-existing medical conditions via a separate insurance pool, thus guaranteeing timely, quality medical care for all, but lowering the cost of health insurance for consumers with less expensive medical needs, especially younger Americans
  • Authorize nationwide health insurance pools for small businesses to place downward pressure on premiums and deductibles and help smaller enterprises compete on a more even playing field with large corporations
  • Allow parents the option of insuring dependent children through age 26
  • Enact Tort Reform to discourage frivolous lawsuits and costly defensive medicine
  • Preclude pharmaceutical companies from over-charging U.S. customers by mandating that Americans be offered the lowest price paid by foreign customers
  • Block grant dollars and authority of the Medicaid program to the states
  • Reinstate work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients
  • Eliminate federal health insurance subsidies for illegal aliens

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