AMAC Action On Capitol Hill

AMAC Supports the American Health Care Reform Act – H.R. 3121

by Andrew Mangione – AMAC is pleased to announce our support for H.R. 3121, the “American Health Care Reform Act.”  This significant piece of legislation, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and endorsed by the Republican Study Committee, presents a free-market approach to health care reform.  Beginning with a full repeal of ObamaCare, H.R. 3121 is comprised of six basic components that work together to lower the overall costs of health care and to ensure quality access to care is expanded to millions of Americans.  This bill includes a number of concepts that AMAC members voted to support through our website polls, including interstate insurance competition, medical malpractice reform, and tax reform that standardizes a deduction for health insurance for all Americans.  Additionally, AMAC has publicly supported other aspects of the “American Health Care Reform Act” through legislation that repeals ObamaCare and restricts the federal funding of abortions.  Overall, AMAC commends Dr. Roe for his leadership as a medical professional on this issue.  AMAC is glad to support this responsible bill, which promises to place patients and doctors at the center of important health care decisions – not government.

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John Gibason
7 years ago

I am a Conservative, but I just have one question for my conterparts in Congress. Where was this idea before Obama – Care. We really dropped the ball here folks. Now it just sounds like sour grapes. This was Obama’s plan over 6 years ago, where was our plan then? Can you stop patting yourselves on the backs for just one minute and admit that we screwed up here. Oh. and just one thing , where in the bill does it say everyone can get health care even with a precondition??

Jason Wisneski
7 years ago
Reply to  John Gibason

Read the bill. It funds high risk pool plans that cover pre-existing conditions. By taking those people out of the regular insurance pool ad placing them in a state pool it lowers the costs for people who already have insurance. It wasn’t necessary to ruin 85 percent of people’s insurance.

By placing a cap on the premiums for the high risk pools it helps those w/pre existing conditions.

Kills 2 birds with 1 stone. 33 states were successfully running high risk pool plans before Obamacare. Only 17 states needed new funding for one. That’s all that was needed & this bill provides that.

This bill also has market based reforms that will reduce the cost of medical care and insurance like tort reform, has expansion and allowing individuals to pool together to buy group insurance. None of that was in Obamacare.

6 years ago
Reply to  John Gibason

The Demoncrats had a control lock on both the House and Senate. They would not even allow Republicans into the ROOM (this is documented – google it). Nothing the Republicans tried to bring forward was remotely considered, and the press spun it as if the Republicans did zero.

To this day, there are HUNDREDS of bills passed by the House Republicans locked up by Harry Reed who will not allow them to be brought even before committee, let alone to a full floor vote.

And the press blames the Republicans.

Brian M.
7 years ago

DrJCA1: if you’re going to rail about deductions, then you may just as well rail about the entire idiocy of a socialistic “progressive tax” and at the same time, make it a 100% fair across-the-board flat tax, REGARDLESS OF INCOME LEVEL… ( as Levin says, “THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID IT!”) I damn well paid income tax as a busboy 45 years ago. Every single citizen must have “skin in the game.” The super rich will pay more (no loopholes) and the busboy will pay a mere pittance… but they will both be contributing the exact same percentage… and the busboy will knock himself out to move up to something better. If you’re going to reform this mess, then do something so that EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN has the exact same expectation of exactly what is required.

7 years ago

Two key ingredients in health care reform must include reform of FDA and reform of tort law.

FT Muri
7 years ago

Repeal of Obamacare is a must. Republican’s should not support anymore delays or band aides to this monstrosity. Instead they (and all of us) should remind American’s at every opportunity that we can not believe a word Obama says on Obamacare or anything for that matter. It was passed based on fraud and outright lies. If Obama was a Bank President or Insurance CEO, by now he would have been arrested for fraud.

And, it is not just his “if you like your insurance” lies but also his 4% unemployment promise if we passed his Economic Stimulous Program. His “Recovery Summer”. Shovel Ready jobs, Benghazi lies…blaming the deaths on a video..!! NSA and IRS abuses which he claims he knew nothing about, etc., etc.

Again, the mantra should be “you can not believe a word this man or his administration says” and keep pointing to the record.

Finally, I think the Republican’s should challenge Democrats to a repeal vote. Since Obamacare was passed on a series of lies that are hurting tens of millions of Americans, are they still going to stand behind this disaster.

7 years ago

I; as a democrat (not being a ‘progressive’ Marxist like those national democratic socialists who currently hijack our party agendas and repeatedly stick it in the face of the republicans), support H.R. 3121.

Personally, I believe that existing systems of Medicare and Medicaid already existed to do everything ObamaCare attempts to perform badly.

1. Simply coupling the American children together with the elderly under Medicare would assure future funding of that program for those in need of the children (which actually are very few); and, also fund elders as previously under former regulations (which would of course NOT include End of Life bedside advice on giving-up….nor, deny elders pacemakers….stints…bypass surgery….kidney dialysis, kidney transplants as needed).

2. Widening the window as to who can access Medicaid (without they totally having to go broke before entry….raising the allowable annual income levels for entry), solves the bottom income entry problems under an already functioning program.

3. As for the middle range folk; let’s face it most are fully capable in purchasing their OWN insurance….and, for the most part except as provided for above, have really no need other then a Federal Government’s insistence that they all do so…..or, will be billed and toasted into the Medicaid pool at a factored cost.

……….so simple.

Why do you suppose the Marxist’s in Washington want to create an environment where future Black Markets in Health Care and foreign healthcare treatments will follow while America itself works to non-care system to often resulting in hospitalization elder Kidney failure ( for which they then deny dialysis; a system even now actively working toward the early deaths of the elderly under contrived budget constraints).

Might it all be about their own negligent excess SPENDING……..or, isn’t it in-fact based on a National Social Democratic complete lack of any kind of Christian Ethic ?

“A House Divided will Not Stand”.

Some so-called “democrat’s” need to formulate their OWN “Progressive National Socialist Party”; and, then run on that Ticket rather then grabbing off (and hiding behind) the Democratic Party mantle !!

Similar to the AARP takeover by the Insurance Industry the democratic party has been stolen by clever Progressive Marxists within, which wouldn’t have occurred during the governance of the prior WWII returning generation.

…………America; now, ‘soft and dumb’………;

Hitler was a “National Social Democrat”; Obama too, shall pass.

7 years ago

Let’s stick with what the constitution says about federal government and its duties/responsibilities/restrictions. Nowhere does it say that the government should intervene on issues such as abortion; it is one which is left to “the states or to the people” (and in large part is a religious one). The same is true for healthcare.

7 years ago
Reply to  Robert

Completely agree. The federal government is supposed to have a limited role in our lives, performing very specific tasks. Nothing more. To keep trying to make everything a federal matter just makes an already bad situation worse.

Ivan Berry
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

The Constitution didn’t address many of the things our “national” government has gotten involved with. And yes, the States were left to make their own mistakes, things like abortion and slavery. But I keep seeing comments about leaving abortion out of the bill because the Democrats can again and continually claim the Republicans are having a war on women. Where is the reasonable response that the Progressives are conducting a near total war upon children? They are. They also use ridicule unceasingly. My ridicule for them: “hug a tree kill a baby save a whale; save a whale kill a baby hug a tree.” Where do these basteds get off? Have you seen any of the videos that they produce to show animal abuse in agriculture and testing labs? Yet the scream bloody murder if you show the fetus or baby suffering from a late term abortion.
At least Texas has made some inroads with the new restrictions.
I remember when the only medical insurance was for big ticket items, like catastrophic disease or iron lungs for polio sufferers. We got our own oil changes and new tires. An antibiotic and office call were not that expensive and most all doctors allowed a payment plan. The market did the regulating as to access and only errors and irresponsibility were regulated. Healthcare was generally affordable.
Then wage and price controls came to the rescue such that companies who couldn’t give a good producer a raise, they instead would offer free medical coverage. That usually started at the catastrophic level, but eventually reached down to our medical oil changes. Anything the government gets involved in just seems to go from bad to worse. I cannot say that I’m in favor of a replacement, but I am in favor or repeal. I most assuredly do not a quick fix. That usually compounds the problem.

7 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry


You start off with “The Constitution didn’t address many of the things our “national” government has gotten involved with.” That’s the fundamental underlying issue in so much of what the Progressives have managed to systematically push through at the federal level and make law since 1913. Compounding the problem by making everything a “federal right”, just makes it impossible to ever restore the nation to some semblance of normal ever again. We will become nothing more than another failed socialist democracy, like much of southern Europe and South America, in less than 10 years at the rate we’re currently going. Time is quickly running out.

If individual states want to “make their own mistakes” as you say, then they should be allowed to do so without forcing the rest of us to support and underwrite those mistakes. That’s what state’s rights is all about. If the residents of some states want to live in a state that allow abortions, then they should be free to do so, but they would bare sole responsibility for their state’s actions.. People within that state who don’t support that view, would be free to move elsewhere. Do NOT expect those in other states to help support their choice either financially or morally.

You would quickly see states like California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other “liberal enclaves” become even larger magnets for those enamored of the liberal agenda. That is until they all start to realize that the costs, in both financial and social terms, would make their states virtually unaffordable and uninhabitable. After all, when the productive and morally conservative citizens all flee those states for places like Texas and other more sane states, the only people that will be left behind in these now deep blue states would those that feel society owes them a living for simply being. How long do you think that would last, when there’s no one to fund that choice. I would expect a number of these deep blue states would quickly collapse both fiscally and from a social order perspective. After all, just look at the number of long-term Democratically run cities around the country that are collapsing under the weight of decades of over-commitments. A state managed the same way and cut off from being supported by the federal government would suffer the same fate. That is if the remaining citizens didn’t choose to modify their choices to save themselves from the inevitable collapse.

The red states would become even more so, as their populations swell with those conservative citizens fleeing the blue states stuck in a death spiral. The red states would become even more powerful engines of economic growth for the country and that would afford them a greater say in curtailing much of the daily nonsense that passes for government in Washington these days. So I say there is nothing wrong with getting back to a truly constitutional form of limited federal government and allowing the individual states to deal with the choices they choose to make.

Jim H.
7 years ago

I agree with this bill, but take out the abortion part, it’s too controversial; that issue can come another day. This bill needs to be all over Fox News and talked about by the RNC chair relentlessly! Come Nov 4th, 2014 we should win both houses of congress. Let’s Roll!!

Carpenter Dave
7 years ago

I just read about 1/3 of the bill. Will attempt to read more when my head clears. This can’t be serious. Way, way, way too many Lawyers. Is there anyone out there that can reduce this Bill to something the average citizen, like me, can understand ?

Joe Libby
7 years ago

There is no doubt that our republic is in crises mode thanks to a voting public that does not understand or appreciate what made this country the beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Our freedoms and liberties. Only when individuals have a relatively free and independent environment to create and invent the paths to rise to the level of their hopes and dreams does a society become a bastion of hope and freedom that the poor and downtrodden seek as a place of refuge.
Those who believe in the lies of the present group of progressive, liberal ideologies have bought us government control and regulation to mold and shape this country into a European Socialistic and perhaps worse. We seemingly no longer teach the young what our founding peoples were fleeing when they arrived to these shores and risked everything to establish a life where they could own the products of their labors. With every passing election cycle we remove the principals sought by those looking to make their own way in this life. To experience the joys and pride of accomplishment, in valuing fruitful endeavors of a work ethic, relying on themselves accepting nothing from anyone, neighbor, community or especially government. My mother as a child in the thirties was told in school that if you accepted government help you accepted a government that told you how to live your life. Back then educators understood and taught what was contained inside of government handouts, and unlike Ms. Pelosi, you didn’t pass it, or accept it then understand it.
The lesson of our times should be when we leave it to someone else to run things for us, we end up with the Reids, Pelosi’s, Schumers, Clinton’s, Obama’s, Biden’s, and the like taking this country back to the direction of King and Crown, or Stalin, or the chaotic times of warlords, individual life meant nothing, could own nothing, not even the food he grew, the game of the field was the Kings, we don’t see that as clearly as we should because a society in decline isn’t as obvious to the casual observer as to the educated observer. The real question is when education is no longer teaching our history , those lessons are lost and we’re doomed to relive them.

Glenn Clark
7 years ago
Reply to  Joe Libby

I couldn’t have said it better myself, Joe Libby.

Bill Otto
7 years ago

I totally, almost, agree with the proposed legislation. I would strongly urge the consideration of somehow adding to, or incorporating the Fair Tax legislation (HR 25), as well. I am convinced that a consumption tax will perform better than any additions/changes to the current tax regulations. Abolish the IRS. Check it out!

Dallas Platt
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill Otto

Agreed! The Fair Tax, along with the proposed healthcare reform would go a long way towards correcting the wrongs perpetrated by our government.

Robert and NiciWalls
7 years ago

We very much support! I am horrified at the government intrusion of our healthcare and the organizations that say we are in support of the direction of such care. I am a nurse and I support this common sense approach. Both parties must wake up before all is lost.

eric forseth
7 years ago

At least we don’t have to enact this one to see what’s in it. Almost anything will be better than what we’ve got thus far.
After Obamacare is repealed, let’s go with this one.

Richard E. Carmichael, PH.D.
7 years ago

The Democratic argument to Republicans is where is your healthcare plan. This plan is a good start. The Republicans should play small ball on healthcare. First find a problem with the current system and attack that problem. This plan is a good start, however, I agree with a previous comment that Abortion should be left out of this bill. A revised healthcare plan should not give the Democrats any further ammunition to attack Republicans on the issue of Women’s rights.

7 years ago

It is NOT the slime in Washington that is the problem. It is the hypocritical citizens of this nation that cause 99% of our messes. We scream and yell “stop this program, or cut this entitlement thing”. However, when it comes to giving up that which affects us as individuals, we scurry back to our places of mental safety. Yes, stop or cut the many welfare programs (conservatives love that), but take away the deductions we get on form 1040? No, no, don’t touch that we cry. Removing the absurd deductions would be a great place to start and voting for those who would have the spine to do it would help drastically. Again, you wont. You’ll vote for some clown who won’t do a thing about our economic mess, but crosses the country with the anti-abortion banner. You’ll vote for a photo op liar who will do nothing about jobs, but uses the anti-gay thing as his or her mantra. Sorry, but conservatives are just as phony and ignorant as liberals are. That is why we’re in this mess.

Paula Gray
7 years ago
Reply to  DrJCA1

You, like many citizens generalize your comments, there is bad in each party. Do not put a label on conservative citizens because the so called conservatives in D.C. are wishy, washy. I know where I stand on these issues and I believe most of the true conservative citizens do as well. Your comment is what we Americans are against it is inciting and not needed. Have a good day.

7 years ago
Reply to  Paula Gray

Paula: No, the living in denial about voter’s habits and desires are what’s causing the mess. If generalizations were not true, then we, as the “majority” of the electorate, would have voted out all the trash in DC many decades ago. Folks like you and I are in the minority. Sadly, we’re NOT in the majority.

Howard G says
7 years ago

This is a great start which can be tweaked, adding new free Mkt ideas which can do the things the feds are constitutionally allowed to do. But, it must apply to all equally, especially Congress, Govt employees, big business and unions.

Ollie Octopus
7 years ago

At the very least, repeal Obamaidontcare. Then establish a system where if the plaintiff loses a medical malpractice case he will have to pay the attorneys fees of the defense. That would stop frivolous and very weak cases from being filed.against doctors and hospitals. I am also glad I joind AMAC.

J. Bruce Rupp
7 years ago

I congratulate the Rep Phil Roe and AMAC for a market based proposal which is more consistent with American republican principles and less like failing European central planning of health care. However, while I am personally pro life, I am concerned that we will lose this battle of health systems over the question of women’s rights. To deny federal funds to underwrite a right provided by the Supreme Court and supported by a majority of women outright is a mistake. In addition it gives the opposition the only sincere argument they have left. Remember the old argument about abortion is based on poor women not having access to competent medical care and getting abortions in dark back rooms by incompetents. The financially able went to private clinics. The law should specifically require funding of abortion counseling and adoption support in some fashion It sound prevent funding of late term abortions which are basically murder of the innocent. The rest should be left to the mother, father and the doctor and adoption services.

Please do not allow the whole sale destruction of our medical system over the issue of abortion.

Larry Bradley
7 years ago

This is simply wrong-headed and not insignificantly narcissistic. Sure, the Democrats plan is awful, but what confidence do we have that a Republican plan will be that much better? Government health care is government health care, and we should not tolerate government ownership of health care by either party. This plan is no more constitutional than the ACA. The only thing that true conservatives and constitutionalists should support is the proper role of government involvement in health care, which is to regulate and legislate against fraud and other abuses, not to set price controls, determine how private insurance companies run their business, decide which products will be offered, and profit from the whole system through illegal side deals and unconstitutional, unreasonable taxation. One last time: I DON’T WANT A “DEMOCRAT” OR A “REPUBLICAN” HEALTH CARE LAW. I WANT GOVERNMENT TO STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY HEALTH CARE DECISIONS, MY INSURANCE PURCHASES, MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DOCTOR, MY WALLET AND MY FREEDOM!

Dan Sullivan
7 years ago
Reply to  Larry Bradley

Reply to Larry Bradley:

I like you I wish that government was less intrusive in our lives, but as I understand it, Dr Roe’s Bill moves Healthcare out of goverment control back to the free market system. The only government control part of this bill is to replace government control with measures to reduce government control. That’s moving in the right direction. I think it is unrealistic to think that in the political environment in which we live that government will not be involved in some maner. My only concern with this legislation is like another coment posted earlier that bringing abortion into the bill makes it more contoiversial and reduces the chance of it becoming enacted, and I say that even though I am opposed to government funded abortion.

Dianne Thornton
7 years ago
Reply to  Larry Bradley

I wholeheartedly agree with Larry Bradley!

7 years ago

How can we as Citizens support for H.R. 3121, the “American Health Care Reform Act.” Standing with the 100+ CO-SPONSORS?

morris quimby
7 years ago

The answer to our do nothing congress is term limits. I know that will never happen through the legislative process. But we, the voters, can invoke our own form of term limits on re-election day. I’ve started with the purchase of bumper stickers; “RE-ELECT NOONE”.

7 years ago
Reply to  morris quimby

Yes Term Limits is the answer. We as US Citizens who are AWAKE and see what is happening to our Democracy MUST have a voices heard by our votes. TERM LIMITS. NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS!! Let them serve according to their actions as a PUBLIC SERVANT to their Constituents Upholding the Constitution. Not the Big Campaign supporters who are RULING this NATION

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