Bills Introduced and in progress:
H.R.1275 - World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017 AKA TrumpCare
STATUS: The bill was withdrawn by Speaker Ryan after it faced certain defeat at the hands of his own party.
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the requirements for individuals to maintain minimum essential coverage and for large employers to offer affordable coverage to full time employees.
Health insurance is no longer required to cover preventive care at no cost or include the essential health benefits.
Individuals enrolling in health insurance who have not maintained continuous coverage over the previous 12 months are charged an extra 20% on premiums for each consecutive year without coverage, unless the individual is subject to similar state incentives to maintain coverage.
The tax deduction for medical expenses is also eliminated.
It also amends the Social Security Act to turn Medicaid payments into block grants and greatly reduces funds available to poor and disabled individuals.
The bill also dramatically reduces health care subsidies for individuals at the low end of the annual income spectrum by as much as 70%.
It eliminates the premium health coverage surcharge on the wealthy with premium health care plans that was used to subsidize lower income citizens so that they could afford health care coverage.
H.R.1313 - Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act
STATUS: Referred to 3 House committees - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and the Workforce
(Rep. Roskam is a member of the Ways and Means Committee)
Don’t be fooled by the innocent title of this bill. Employers will be able to impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if bill H.R. 1313 becomes law. This bill is currently being reviewed by the House Ways and Means committee and Mr. Roskam sits on that committee. If you object to employers being able to coerce employees to provide DNA samples, you should immediately contact Mr. Roskam. Here’s a link to a Washington Post article about this bill: