Senator Scott Statement on ACA Repeal and Replace Vote

Washington – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below following today’s vote allowing the Senate to start debating a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

“I committed to the voters of South Carolina seven years ago, three years ago and again last year that I would work to repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care system that focuses on patients and doctors, not bureaucrats in Washington. Today we took a step towards that goal, and I look forward throughout the week to discussing with my colleagues the importance of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

With triple digit premium increases, huge deductibles and just one insurer left in the ACA marketplaces, South Carolinians deserve a better system. By offering tax credits to those who want health care but can’t afford it, reforming Medicaid, and protecting those with pre-existing conditions, we can take a big step in the right direction.”

The Senate will now move to debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare and any amendments offered through the open amendment process. Later in the week, a series of final votes will be held.