Roskam Critiques Health Care Reform Analysis

A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:

Roskam Statement on Misleading CBO Score

Wheaton, IL — Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its estimates for the American Health Care Act. While the report only covers stage one of a multi-step process to responsibly repeal and replace Obamacare, it confirms that the bill will advance our key goals by:

  • lowering premiums by 10 percent;
  • increasing choices for individuals and families;
  • reducing the federal deficit by $337 billion;
  • lowering taxes by $883 billion, providing much-needed tax relief for middle-class families and small businesses.

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy and Member of the Subcommittee on Health, addressed the CBO report on Fox News this afternoon and released the following statement:

“When the CBO first scored Obamacare, it took into consideration the entire package. The American Health Care Act is the first step in a series of initiatives to repeal and replace the failed law. It’s misleading to attempt to make an apples-to-apples comparison between a finished product on one hand and a single piece of the puzzle on the other.

“We’re committed to a replacement plan that creates a smooth transition to a better system. Our goal is to increase access to affordable, patient-focused health care for everyone.”


Last week, Rep. Roskam and his colleagues introduced the American Health Care Act to begin the process of responsibly repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Last year, more than 300,000 Illinoisans bought insurance on the Obamacare exchange. Rates increased by an average of 44% for the lowest-priced individual bronze plans, 45% for the lowest silver, and 55% for the lowest gold plans. The Land of Lincoln co-op became the 16th in the country to collapse, leaving 49,000 Illinoisans without any health care coverage at all and taxpayers on for hook for over $160 million.

In three of the five counties represented by Illinois’s Sixth Congressional District, there is only one insurance provider still participating in the Obamacare exchange.

In 2010, the CBO missed the mark by a large margin when it estimated 22 million people would enroll in Obamacare. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 10.4 million were actually enrolled last year.

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The interviewer ended this segment by saying, “Congressman Roskam, you do a great job of calming things down.”


Roskam Critiques Health Care Reform Analysis — 12 Comments

  1. Thank you Peter, for great commentary on “something you have not seen”. I love compassionate conservatism…tic tock, tic tock…

  2. The latest from President Tronald Dump on health care for all Americans: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated”. Hail to our pussy-grabber-in-chief! Tic tock, tic tock…


    And here is how angel responds when he is criticized.

    Kinda sounds like you are doing on to others what you would not want done onto you.

    My question is what kind of people do we have in our classrooms?

    I wonder if angel takes the hate I sense here into the classroom with him.

    I wonder if that priest was realy just attacking him or actualy on to something.

    Angel I pray you do not promote this hatred for the leader of our country in your classroom, if you do please retire.

  4. We don’t need no stinking healthcare. We need a complete overhaul of the scam medical and pharma industry. Insurance is how we got into this position of overpricing everything until no one can afford it. Licensing and regulation are at the bottom of this cesspool brought to you by our idiot politicans on the take. It is an industry wide scam.

  5. I agree with Cindy.

    Mostly about the cost of prescription drugs.

    I just learned that a cream I bought was $197.00 here and a friend of mine in Mexico can get the same item over the counter for $10.00 a tube.

    What does that tell ya.

  6. Make México great again!

    Clueless conservatives…Tic tock, tic tock…

  7. My McHenry county friends: Please ignore nonsensical bigoted rhetoric from the compassionate conservative losers.

    Join us in the fight to make health care a right for all americans. 2018?

  8. A tenured teacher named Angel R Llavona earning $136K a year uses such language, not to mention it is on a school day during school hours (was it a scheduled break time for this and his other posts).

    “The latest from President Tronald Dump on health care for all Americans: ‘Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.’ Hail to our pussy-grabber-in-chief! Tic tock, tick tock”

    The Maine Township High School District 207 school board based and administration in Park Ridge allows such conduct?

    – Carla Owen, President

    – Paula Besler, Vice President

    – Margaret McGrath

    – Mary Childers

    – Terri Collins

    – Jim Lee

    – Sean Sullivan


    High Schools in the District:

    – Maine East High School, Park Ridge

    – Maine South High School, Park Ridge

    – Maine West High School, Des Plaines

    – Ralph J Frost Academy, Park Ridge


    Administration in the District:

    Superintendent – Dr. Ken Wallace

    Assistant Superintendent of Business – Mary Kalou

    Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum – Dr. Barb Dill-Varga (Dr. Dill Varga has accepted a position as Superintendent of Carmel Unified School District in Carmel, California; Shawn Messmer has been selected by the district to become the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum effective July 1, 2017).

    Assistant Superintendent of General Administration – Greg Dietz

    Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Learning – Dr. Jason Klein

    Coordinator of Blended Learning & Intervention Analytics – Dan Bachar

    Coordinator of Grants and Assessment – Don Marzolf

    Director MIS – Alan Michalik

    Director of Special Education – Deborah Larsen

    Director of Communications – David Beery

  9. typo, $130K per year not $136K per year.

    That $130K per year was in 2015 in his 21st year teaching, currently in the position of a English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL).

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