Huntsville, AL – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) appeared on America’s News Headquarters to discuss the House leadership health care replacement plan. Brooks affirmed his commitment to deliver a clean repeal of Obamacare to the American people.
Excerpts from the interview:
Congressman Brooks stated, “We are being asked to vote for the largest Republican welfare plan in the history of the Republican Party. That should be a hard swallow and a hard sell. We’ll see how it plays out. To get my support we have to keep our commitments to the American people. We promised that we were going to repeal Obamacare. The House leadership plan is not a repeal of Obamacare. It keeps substantial parts of Obamacare in place, and it copies or repackages other parts of Obamacare. A repeal bill is like what Congressman Steve King out of Iowa has, it’s a nice two page bill, two sentences, the Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed effective such-and-such a date. What we have on the Republican side right now is a bill that is easily over a hundred pages long. That is not a repeal. So let’s keep our promise, repeal it.”
Brooks added, “Once we repeal it, then we need to in my judgement, interject competition into the marketplace. Allow interstate competition amongst health insurance carriers and providers. On the other hand, the health insurance industry has various parts that are exempt from antitrust laws which promote oligopolies and monopolies, which suppresses competition and makes pricing go up. So let’s go ahead and do our best to ensure that we eliminate those antitrust exemptions in the health care industry.”
Brooks concluded, “Then finally my position is, once we’ve got the repeal and we have interjected competition into the marketplace with all the benefits that comes from that, with price suppression, better quality of service, let’s turn this over to the states in the form of block grants and let the 50 states handle this health care issue.”