GOP Rep. Mast: Trump-backed health care bill ‘far from perfect’

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has asked constituents to weigh in on the Affordable Care Act.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, says a House Republican bill backed by President Donald Trump to replace Obamacare is “far from perfect” and he wants more input from constituents in his Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district.

 

Obamacare supporters gave Mast an earful at a recent town hall.

Mast, elected in November, campaigned as an opponent of former President Barack Obama‘s signature Affordable Care Act. Supporters of the health care law were among those who gave Mast an earful at a recent town hall meeting that lasted four hours.

 

“The framework bill released this week is far from perfect.  The only way we can fix the failures of Obamacare is through a fully transparent process that engages voices all across the country to revise and improve upon this plan,” Mast said in a statement released by his office on Wednesday.

 

On his official House website, Mast has created a survey offering constituents three choices:

 

• Keep Obamacare with no changes.

• Keep Obamacare but make changes to fix it.

• Repeal and replace Obamacare.

 

The survey gives respondents space to share their personal experiences with the health care law and to express other opinions about it.

 

Here’s the entire Mast statement released by his office Wednesday:

 

“With increasing premiums and skyrocketing deductibles, it’s clear that the Affordable Care Act has become anything but affordable.  Residents on the exchanges in St. Lucie County and Martin County currently have no choice – with only one insurer offering plans on the exchange – and nearly 4.7 million Americans have been kicked off their healthcare plans altogether. 

 

“We need a system that decreases costs for families, increases choice and gives people more options when it comes to their health.  We also need to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied coverage and that those who rely on Medicaid have access to quality care. 

 

“The framework bill released this week is far from perfect.  The only way we can fix the failures of Obamacare is through a fully transparent process that engages voices all across the country to revise and improve upon this plan.  On my website you’ll find a way to provide feedback and to share your personal experience with Obamacare – good or bad.  This feedback is absolutely critical to moving our nation’s health care system in a direction that increases choice, lowers costs and protects access to care.”

 

 

 

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