From the moment the President signed Obamacare into law, my conservative colleagues and I knew that it was going to devastate the American healthcare system, cause quality care to decrease, and produce higher insurance rates for both small business and individuals.

Unfortunately, after six years of this disastrous law, our suspicions were proven correct and the future of our healthcare system remains uncertain. However, under the leadership of Speaker Ryan, Congressional conservatives are taking bold steps forward to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

This week, H.R. 3762 – the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act – passed Congress and was sent to President Obama’s desk. This is significant because it is the first piece of legislation passed to begin the important and necessary work of fixing the damage done by Obamacare. 

The bill seeks to repeal more than a dozen unnecessary and burdensome taxes that were used to help finance the expansion of health coverage under Obamacare, such as the Cadillac tax and the medical device tax. It also seeks to repeal certain provisions, such as individual and employer mandates, Medicaid expansion, and health insurance subsidies. 

I have been outspoken on the dangers of Obamacare and my opposition to this law. Even though I fully expect President Obama to veto H.R. 3762, it’s critical to hold Members accountable for their actions through a recorded vote and force the President and his Congressional allies to own this terrible law. 

As we move forward in the New Year, one of my top priorities is to work toward a full repeal of Obamacare and come together with fellow colleagues to find an alternative solution to the pressing need for quality, affordable healthcare.