Repeal Coalition letter to Trump

Yesterday, Heritage Action joined other members of the Repeal Coalition in sending a letter to President Trump. The letter calls on the president to finish delivering on his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. As emphasized in the letter: “Health reform must be the focus of the 2019 budget reconciliation instructions.”

The letter, signed by Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, can be found here.

The text is also copied below:

January 2, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Re: On Behalf of Members of the Repeal Coalition

Passage of the first serious tax reform in 30 years through both houses of Congress is a landmark achievement. We recognize that it is but the first step in an ongoing agenda of progress, but it was critically important. We applaud you for your leadership and the hard work of leaders and members in Congress in taking action to lower taxes for workers, stimulate job creation, and enhance the international competitiveness of American businesses.

The fact that the tax penalty imposed by the individual mandate was expunged in the final version of the tax bill also is a great benefit to the American people. The mandate is a massively regressive tax: Four out of five people paying the penalty for not having insurance earn less than $50,000 a year.

The failures of the Affordable Care Act, and the gulf between the law’s rhetoric and reality, were nowhere more evident than in seeing millions of people choosing to go uninsured even though billions of dollars are being spent to subsidize coverage. If you can’t pay someone to take something and if people find policies so expensive and deductibles so high they might as well be uninsured, then it’s clear the “Affordable” Care Act isn’t affordable at all. It is right to repeal this despised mandate.

Now that tax reform legislation is signed into law, it is time to deliver on the rest of the promises made to the American people to free them from the shackles of ObamaCare.

A recent Politico poll shows that, given a list of 15 policy issues, Republicans and Democrats both put health care as their top priority. We saw this play out recently in the Virginia elections where health reform was a key concern of voters. Even if conservative candidates don’t focus on health reform, the other side will. If we allow false narratives to go unanswered, it confuses voters because they know from their own experience the damage this law is doing. We must actively gain trust that conservatives have ideas and plans to repair the damage ObamaCare has done.

We encourage you to move quickly to fulfill your and Congress’s promises to the American people. Health reform must be the focus of the 2019 budget reconciliation instructions. And your administration’s leadership can help the Senate and the House design a bill that can muster the votes needed for passage of true health reform to give Americans more choices of more affordable health coverage and care that meet their needs.

Former President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Reid did not rest until the ACA was passed in 2010. The American people are counting on an equal effort, with equally unflagging determination, to give them relief and provide the choices they were promised. We are ready to help you in achieving these crucial goals.


Heather Higgins
Independent Women’s Voice
Carrie L. Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum
Grace-Marie Turner
Galen Institute
Doug Badger
Galen Institute
Michael A. Needham
Heritage Action for America
Jason Pye
Daniel Schneider
American Conservative Union
David McIntosh
Club for Growth
Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.
Institute for Policy Innovation
Ken Hoagland
Defend America Foundation
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Dan Weber
Association of Mature American
Bob Carlstrom
The Carlstrom Group
Beverly Gossage
HSA Benefits Consulting
William L. Walton
CNP Action.
Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund
Pete Sepp
National Taxpayers’ Union
Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
Lisa B. Nelson
American Legislative Exchange
Ashley N. Varner
ALEC Action
Patrick D. Purtill
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Thomas Schatz
Citizens Against Government Waste
Jonathan Bydlak
Coalition to Reduce Spending
David Williams
Taxpayer Protection Alliance
Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List
Tarren Bragdon
Foundation for Government
Jeffrey Mazzella
Center for Individual Freedom
Karen Kerrigan
Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Gregory T. Angelo
Log Cabin Republicans
Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring
Phil Kerpen
American Commitment
Dean Clancy
Adams Auld LLC
Norm Singleton
Campaign for Liberty
Dan Perrin
HSA Coalition
Charles D. Frohman
Our America Initiative
Andrew Langer
Institute for Liberty
Charles Sauer
Goodman Institute for Public Policy
Jeff Cargerman
Market Institute
Rick Manning,
Americans for Limited Government
Nancy Piotter
Virginians for Quality Healthcare
Gayle Trotter
American Women’s Alliance, Inc.
CL Gray, MD
Physicians for Reform

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