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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Duncan to Cosponsor the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act

October 25, 2016
Press Release

Duncan to Cosponsor the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                   CONTACT: Don Walker

October 25, 2016                                                                                                                                                                          (202) 225-5435



WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) cosponsored the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act (H.R. 221).  This bill would stop the Administration from continuing to illegally use taxpayer dollars to bail out insurance companies that are struggling thanks to the failed Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  Over the weekend, the Knoxville News Sentinel published a story that describes why H.R. 221 is necessary; it can be found here:


Congressman Duncan said, “Obamacare is proving to be the failed system I thought it would be when I first voted against it in 2010, and I have since voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of this disastrous law.” 


The House and Senate did successfully pass an Obamacare repeal, but the President vetoed it earlier this year. 


“Obama promised his health care plan would lower premiums by $2,500 per family per year,” stated Congressman Duncan.  “Instead, many constituents have contacted me about their drastically increasing health care costs.  Many have told me they could not keep their doctors despite the Administration’s promises, and thousands are now facing having only one health insurance option, at best.”


Congressman Duncan added, “I really sometimes think that the people who foisted this ‘Unaffordable Care Act’ on us knew that it would not work but knew it would get so bad that people would then demand we go to a single-payer plan.  If we were to do so, we would end up with shortages, waiting periods, and a lower quality of health care.  We would have a Russian/Cuban type of medical system.”  Recently, the front page story of the largest newspaper in Ireland said that they had 530,000 people on waiting lists in Ireland for medical care.  


“I can tell you that people are really up in arms about this, and we are going to have to make some major changes.  I will be sure to continue to look for every opportunity to repeal Obamacare and vote for an affordable, quality care for our Nation,” promised Congressman Duncan.