Washington, D.C. (KELO AM) – Congresswoman Kristi Noem today commented on her support of the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support this afternoon.
“I am proud to join so many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to provide temporary relief for those who have lost coverage because of the Affordable Care Act's egregious government regulations,” said Rep. Noem. “I remain focused, however, on providing permanent relief for Americans. I have sponsored legislation to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with a consumer-driven approach that targets the largest drivers of healthcare costs.”
Congresswoman Kristi Noem signed on as a co-sponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act of 2013 in late October. Introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), the American Health Care Reform Act would:
- Fully repeal President Obama's health care law, eliminating billions in taxes and thousands of pages of unworkable regulations and mandates that are driving up health care costs.
- Spur competition to lower health care costs by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and enabling small businesses to pool together and get the same buying power as large corporations.
- Reform medical malpractice laws in a commonsense way that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients.
- Provide tax reform that allows families and individuals to deduct health care costs, just like companies, leveling the playing field and providing all Americans with a standard deduction for health insurance.
- Expand access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts to be used for health care expenses.
- Safeguard individuals with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against purchasing health insurance by bolstering state-based high risk pools and extending HIPAA guaranteed availability protections.