Rep. Kristi Noem today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of legislation that lays the groundwork to repeal Obamacare:

“Every American deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare.  Obamacare has fundamentally failed to deliver that.  Today, we took one of the first steps toward a smarter, patient-centered system that is rooted in choices, not mandates – a system that can offer South Dakotans from all walks of life a greater peace of mind regarding their healthcare.”


The legislation passed today, which has also been passed by the Senate and does not require the president’s signature, lays the groundwork for Obamacare’s repeal.  Noem has long favored repealing Obamacare and replacing the law with market-driven reforms, such as allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, expanding risk pools, and increasing access to Health Savings Accounts.  Additionally, Noem has favored keeping protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan.

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