Repairing Health Care
“I have repeatedly said we need to repair the health care bill. We’ve already taken concrete, bipartisan commonsense steps to do this by successfully repealing the onerous 1099 provision. But Republicans and Democrats agree that throwing out the good parts of this bill, like helping seniors afford prescription drugs or ending discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, like cancer, does not makes good common sense,”
Senator Manchin believes that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care because healthy citizens are essential to a strong and productive workforce. He also believes that every citizen should take responsibility for his or her wellbeing, using preventive care services that can prevent serious, expensive illnesses down the road.
Senator Manchin believes that America’s health care system – and the Affordable Care Act in particular – are in need of serious repair. The law contains a number of bad provisions that Senator Manchin is successfully working to repeal, but he supports keeping the good provisions of the law.
Senator Manchin supports commonsense provisions that would allow children to stay on their parents’ health care plans until age 26, ends discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions -- like cancer or heart disease -- and closes the prescription drug donut hole for seniors.
Senator Manchin has already taken a leading role in repealing the bad parts of health care reform. He was the lead Democratic cosponsor of the successful effort to repeal the onerous 1099 provision, which would have required small businesses, charities and churches to file an IRS form for any transaction greater than $600. Throughout this effort, he worked with Republican Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska to build support for repealing the 1099 provision, which would have cost jobs and hurt countless small business in West Virginia and across the nation. Looking forward, he is also working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve more smart repairs, including reforming the individual mandate and changing increased Medicaid requirements that could pose a severe financial burden on states.
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