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Congressman Jodey Arrington

Representing the 19th District of Texas

Arrington Achieves Conservative Victories Through Changes to Republican Health Care Bill

March 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today House Republicans unveiled several key conservative changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) fought to include in the legislation during its markup in the House Budget Committee. Arrington is the only Republican from Texas on the committee.

Congressman Arrington, while supportive of the efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, urged his colleagues on the Budget Committee to consider amendments that would empower states with the option to convert their Medicaid programs into block grants, create work-requirements in Medicaid for able-bodied adults without dependents, and freeze Medicaid expansion. Each of the changes are now reflected in the AHCA through what’s known as a ‘manager’s amendment’.

Additionally, the changes would provide $900 billion in tax relief by accelerating the repeal of a majority of Obamacare taxes and reduce health care costs for adults age 50 to 64.

In response to the changes, Congressman Arrington said, “I made a promise to my constituents that I would not only repeal Obamacare, but that I would fight for more conservative and fiscally responsible changes that empower people, markets, and states in its replacement. I’m elated that the President and Leadership in the House decided to include, in a manager’s amendment, all the changes I advocated for during the Budget Committee markup. This is a huge victory for states’ rights and taxpaying Americans everywhere, and it now better reflects the values of West Texas.

“The only thing more powerful than a mandate from the government is a mandate from the people. That statement must hold true in the decision to repeal and replace Obamacare or we will lose the trust of the American people.”

In regards to the work requirement for Medicaid funding for able-bodied adults without dependents, Arrington said:

“Any responsible welfare program must include work requirements. The American people are generous and compassionate, and we will always help those who are truly in need – but we expect those who are recipients of the goodwill to do their part. In an era where 1 in 5 able-bodied adults are refusing to work, as members of Congress, we must find ways to incentivize work to encourage personal responsibility and defend our country’s limited resources.

“Let’s encourage personal responsibility and hard work for the sake of the taxpayer and for those who truly need Medicaid.”



In regards to freezing the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion enrollment sooner than 2020, Arrington said:

“Obamacare created a perverse incentive for states to use Medicaid—a program designed for the neediest—as a vehicle for able-bodied adults to be added to the healthcare rolls. We now have approximately 8 million able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid funding. I am proud that my home state of Texas refused to perpetuate this false notion that we have an endless supply of money to pay for all of this! We must stop this unnecessary expansion as soon as possible; at the current rate, we will be 30 trillion dollars in debt in just 10 years!”


The AHCA will now move through regular order to the House Committee on Rules where amendments may be considered prior to the legislation going to the House floor for a vote.