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Latta: Obamacare repeal coming

By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER

Congressional Republicans are still planning to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law this year, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta said Thursday.

“We’re still working on health care,” he said in an interview Thursday at The Courier. “We have to get that done because the tax reform, we want to do next.”

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are talking about passing tax reform this year. And Latta, though he provided few details, said a Republican-driven repeal of “Obamacare” would be done before tax reform.

“We’re going to have a family discussion probably at the end of this week, by phone or when we get back (to Washington),” said Latta, R-Bowling Green.

Strife in the Republican family thwarted GOP leaders’ efforts to repeal Obama’s health care law in March. Republican leaders yanked their bill to repeal Obamacare when it became clear it would fail.

However, Republicans have been railing against the health care law for seven years, and Latta said it is collapsing.

Health insurance premiums rose 25 percent on average last year, Latta said. Eighteen of 23 Obamacare cooperatives, which provide health insurance, have collapsed, he said.

Most counties in the United States have only one insurance provider left in the ObamaCare exchanges, which are online marketplaces for health insurance, according to Latta.

Latta said people need affordable insurance which gives them the coverage they need.

Under the existing law, some elderly women are forced to pay for coverage of pediatrics and obstetrics, Latta said.

Separately, Latta said the goal of tax reform will be to simplify the law and make it easier for people to calculate their taxes.

Republican-led tax reform also will reduce corporate tax rates to encourage companies to stay in the United States, Latta said.

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