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Repeal Coalition Letter to President Trump

January 2, 2018

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

Washington, D.C.

Re: On Behalf of Members of the Repeal Coalition

Passage of the first serious tax reform in 30 years through both houses of Congress is a landmark achievement. We recognize that it is but the first step in an ongoing agenda of progress, but it was critically important. We applaud you for your leadership and the hard work of leaders and members in Congress in taking action to lower taxes for workers, stimulate job creation, and enhance the international competitiveness of American businesses.

The fact that the tax penalty imposed by the individual mandate was expunged in the final version of the tax bill also is a great benefit to the American people. The mandate is a massively regressive tax: Four out of five people paying the penalty for not having insurance earn less than $50,000 a year.

The failures of the Affordable Care Act, and the gulf between the law’s rhetoric and reality, were nowhere more evident than in seeing millions of people choosing to go uninsured even though billions of dollars are being spent to subsidize coverage. If you can’t pay someone to take something and if people find policies so expensive and deductibles so high they might as well be uninsured, then it’s clear the “Affordable” Care Act isn’t affordable at all. It is right to repeal this despised mandate.

Now that tax reform legislation is signed into law, it is time to deliver on the rest of the promises made to the American people to free them from the shackles of ObamaCare.

A recent Politico poll shows that, given a list of 15 policy issues, Republicans and Democrats both put health care as their top priority. We saw this play out recently in the Virginia elections where health reform was a key concern of voters. Even if conservative candidates don’t focus on health reform, the other side will. If we allow false narratives to go unanswered, it confuses voters because they know from their own experience the damage this law is doing. We must actively gain trust that conservatives have ideas and plans to repair the damage ObamaCare has done.

We encourage you to move quickly to fulfill your and Congress’s promises to the American people. Health reform must be the focus of the 2019 budget reconciliation instructions. And your administration’s leadership can help the Senate and the House design a bill that can muster the votes needed for passage of true health reform to give Americans more choices of more affordable health coverage and care that meet their needs.

Former President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Reid did not rest until the ACA was passed in 2010. The American people are counting on an equal effort, with equally unflagging determination, to give them relief and provide the choices they were promised. We are ready to help you in achieving these crucial goals.

Signed,

Heather Higgins Independent Women’s Voice   Carrie L. Lukas Independent Women’s

Forum    Grace-Marie Turner Galen Institute   Doug Badger Galen Institute    Michael A.

Needham Heritage Action for America    Jason Pye  Freedomworks   Daniel Schneider

American Conservative Union    David McIntosh Club for Growth    Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.

Institute for Policy Innovation    Ken Hoagland  Defend America Foundation     James L.

Martin 60 Plus Association    Dan Weber Association of Mature American Citizens    Bob

Carlstrom The Carlstrom Group    Beverly Gossage  HSA Benefits Consulting    William L.

Walton  CNP Action.   Grover Norquist  Americans for Tax Reform    Jenny Beth Martin Tea

Party Patriots Citizens Fund    Pete Sepp  National Taxpayers’ Union,   Tony Perkins Family

Research Council    Lisa B. Nelson American Legislative Exchange Council    Ashley N. Varner

ALEC Action    Patrick D. Purtill  Faith and Freedom Coalition    Thomas Schatz Citizens

Against Government Waste    Jonathan Bydlak  Coalition to Reduce Spending    David

Williams Taxpayer Protection Alliance    Marjorie Dannenfelser Susan B. Anthony List

Tarren Bragdon Foundation for Government Accountability    Jeffrey Mazzella Center for

Individual Freedom    Karen Kerrigan Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Gregory T. Angelo Log Cabin Republicans    Colin A. Hanna Let Freedom Ring    Phil Kerpen

American Commitment    Dean Clancy Adams Auld LLC    Norm Singleton Campaign for

Liberty    Dan Perrin  HSA Coalition    Charles D. Frohman Our America Initiative    Andrew

Langer Institute for Liberty    Charles Sauer  Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research

Jeff Cargerman  Market Institute    Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government 

Nancy Piotter Virginians for Quality Healthcare    Gayle Trotter American Women’s

Alliance, Inc.    CL Gray, MD Physicians for Reform

 

 

 

 

 

 

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