The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
June 21, 2023
When it comes to health care, one size doesn’t fit all; and for an employee under a traditional group plan or a small business trying to choose a plan for its workers, that can cause a lot of stress.
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) allow small businesses and employers to provide tax-advantaged funds to workers to use for qualified medical expenses.
In 2019, the Trump Administration implemented rules that expanded HRAs to allow employees to purchase their own health insurance plan using these tax advantaged accounts. This gave workers the ability to choose their health care plan and lets small businesses focus on their business and plan better financially.
The Trump Administration also strengthened and expanded Association Health Plans to give more people greater access to more affordable health care options.
Rep. Kevin Hern’s legislation, H.R. 3799, the CHOICE Arrangement Act, which also includes H.R. 2868, Rep. Tim Walberg’s legislation, the Association Health Plans Act; Rep. Claudia Tenney’s legislation, H.R. 3798, the Small Business Flexibility Act; and H.R. 2813, Rep. Bob Good’s legislation, the Self-Insurance Protection Act, codifies the Trump Administration’s two rules to ensure small business owners and employees are able to have these more affordable health care options, includes a notification to employers to make sure they know these options exist, and protects the self-insured market that employers depend on.
This legislation provides more flexibility and financial certainty for small businesses while also expanding health care options for employees – it’s a common-sense solution that benefits everyone. Workers and small businesses deserve more flexibility and choice when it comes to health care, and House Republicans are here to deliver.
Denouncing Biden’s Veto of Legislation Stopping Unconstitutional Student Loan Bailout
President Biden is putting hardworking taxpayers on the hook for unpaid student loans through unconstitutional overreach of the executive branch.
In August, President Biden revealed his plan to ‘cancel’ student debt for people making under $125,000 – a plan that is estimated to cost American taxpayers $400 billion, in addition to $195 billion from a repayment pause and $230 billion for the Administration’s Income-Driven Repayment plan.
This plan doesn’t ‘cancel’ anything. It forces American taxpayers who never took out loans or paid them off to pay off debt held by about 13% of the population who took out federal loans.
Not only does this shift costs to taxpayers, but the Biden Administration’s so-called ‘authority’ to transfer this debt is completely unconstitutional. Six states are challenging President Biden’s student loan cancellation before the Supreme Court.
H.J. Res. 45, introduced by Rep. Bob Good, revokes the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional claim to have the authority to forgive loans and ends the pause on student loan repayment, saving taxpayers money.
Despite this resolution passing both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, President Biden vetoed it, holding on to his expanded power at the expense of taxpayers.
President Biden’s plan is a slap in the face to the Americans who have paid their debts and a massive overreach of executive power. House Republicans won’t stop fighting for hardworking taxpayers.
Condemning Rep. Adam Schiff for Lying to the American People
During his time as Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Adam Schiff purposefully mislead Americans and aggressively promoted the hoax that President Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 Presidential election – an allegation that has been proven false by numerous investigations.
Rep. Adam Schiff abused his power by instigating the politically motivated Russia hoax investigation that cost American taxpayers $32 million, and must be held accountable for lying to the American people and betraying their trust.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna’s privileged legislation, H. Res. 521, condemns and censures Rep. Adam Schiff for misleading the American people and directs the Committee on Ethics to investigate his conduct.