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Greetings,

Perhaps you’ve started to see news reports about the pending Supreme Court case on ObamaCare, which is slated to come down at the end of this month.  However, we in Congress are not content to wait.  This week in Congress, my colleagues and I voted to peel back three more layers of ObamaCare.

Yesterday, the House passed the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012 (HR 436) by a vote of 270-146.  This legislation included three provisions, all aimed at rolling back portions of ObamaCare and allowing for greater patient choice and flexibility:

  • Medical Device Tax Repeal: This portion repeals the part of ObamaCare which mandates a 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales.  The device tax puts a significant burden on manufacturers and places new barriers on patients’ access to life-saving products.

  • Restoring Access to Medication: Introduced by fellow Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02), this portion allows healthcare consumers with Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Savings Accounts (HSAs or FSAs) to purchase over-the-counter medication without a prescription with their HSA or FSA funds.

  • Medical FSA Improvement:  This provision allows FSA holders to keep up to $500 of their healthcare savings as taxable wages.  Currently, FSA funds operate under a “use-it-or-lose-it” approach.  While FSA holders get to save money, tax-free, for their healthcare expenses throughout the year, what isn’t spent by year end is taken back by the plan.

 Congressman Pompeo meeting with a doctor at the Via
Christi St. Francis Medical Laboratory in Wichita, KS

Since I ran for Congress, one of my uppermost goals has been to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  Seventy percent of Americans want Obamacare repealed, and we Republicans in the House of Representatives are doing our job by acting on the will of the people.

These bills provide Kansans and all Americans with greater choices and more flexibility to meet their healthcare needs.  In repealing the medical device tax, we also removed a barrier for small companies looking to create jobs.  It’s time to return individuals to the driver’s seat so they can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families.

If you have any questions about these bills or any other concern, please do not hesitate to contact either of the Fourth Congressional District offices.  My team and I are here to serve you.

Sincerely,

Mike Pompeo
Member of Congress



 
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