Washington D.C.– Today, U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-17) introduced H.R. 3129, the Health Care Fairness for All Act. This legislation would create a new option for Americans to obtain health care coverage via a health insurance tax credit that is portable, fair, and available to all Americans. The bill would also reduce health care costs, promote price transparency and competition, and would allow all Americans to save and pay for health care with a tax-advantaged Roth Health Savings Account (HSA).
“Our current health care system puts countless American families and individuals in no-win circumstances, forcing high costs and little choice,” said Congressman Pete Sessions. “The Health Care Fairness for All Act will empower Americans to make effective decisions for themselves and their families while incentivizing private markets to be more innovative and competitive. Our country should have a health care system that reflects its founding principles of freedom and opportunity.”
“We are proud to endorse this bill because it offers American families a Personal Option in health care — sensible reforms that ensure lower prices, less hassle, and more personal choice and control, without new taxes,” said Dean Clancy, Senior Health Policy Fellow at Americans for Prosperity. “The Healthcare Fairness for All Act will make health care dramatically fairer by giving every American access to a generous new subsidy that lets you tailor your health benefits to your individual needs — and then take them with you when you change jobs. It will make health care dramatically more affordable in three key ways. First, it funds patients rather than insurance companies. Second, it empowers every American to shop for value with a tax-advantaged health savings account. And third, it removes needless barriers between patients and innovative, life-saving care delivered by the medical professionals they trust. Importantly, it preserves existing safety-net programs and protects people with pre-existing conditions. Under this bill, if you like your current health coverage, you can keep it. But if you want lower prices, more freedom, and fairness for all — this bill's for you.”
“The Health Care Fairness for All Act is a much needed transformation of the U.S. health care system,” said John Goodman, President and CEO of the Goodman Institute. “Americans should get the health care they need, when they need it, and from the providers that meet their needs. For millions of Americans, health insurance is unaffordable and inaccessible. The Health Care Fairness for All Act will give each American citizen access to a refundable, advanceable, and assignable health tax credit to be used to purchase health insurance, buy medical care, and make deposits to a Health Savings Account. This bill will free the health care marketplace to meet the different needs of different families, and provide health care financial support to every individual, including the uninsured.”