Washington, D.C. — Today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) announced the formation of a new working group to continue to build on patient-centered health care solutions with which to replace Obamacare. The group, consisting of Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-6), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-1), and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (MN-2), recognizes that full repeal requires a thoughtful replacement strategy. Each of these chairmen and their committee members have been working on patient-centered solutions to help people with the problems created by Obamacare for many years. The group will also develop a contingency plan — consistent with an ultimate full replacement plan — to enact in case the Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell that Obamacare subsidies offered on the federal exchange are illegal. Upon forming the working group, the Leader and the three chairmen issued the following statement:
“This law is fundamentally flawed: It takes power away from the patient and hands it to bureaucrats. Instead of making people’s health care decisions easier, in many cases it makes those decisions for them.
“That’s why the American people need patient-centered solutions to replace Obamacare. Ours will put individuals and families in the driver’s seat and use the principles of choice and competition to make high-quality health care more affordable and accessible for all.
“At the same time, this latest court case against Obamacare is yet another sign that the law was a costly mistake. If the Supreme Court rules as we expect—that the law clearly doesn’t allow subsidies to be offered on the federal exchange—then millions more families will have their coverage in danger because Obamacare is fundamentally flawed.
“No family should pay for this Administration’s mistakes. So we’re going to keep working to protect hardworking taxpayers from the fallout of Obamacare and move toward the ultimate goal of a patient-centered system.”