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Ruth Fennell

The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable, it never was. Average premiums for Obamacare plans will go up 25-percent this year with some states, like Arizona, seeing as much as a 116-percent increase. Health insurance companies are dropping out of the exchanges left and right, forcing customers in 70-percent of U.S. counties to only be able to choose insurance from one or two companies.

Since 2010, Republicans have promised to fully repeal Obamacare and voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of this disastrous healthcare law. Most, including Rep. Diane Black, campaigned on full repeal. Now that the American people have given Republicans unified control of the government, there are no more excuses.

Congress began the repeal process by passing the FY 2017 "shell" budget resolution (S. CON. RES. 3) last month, which instructed the relevant congressional committees to write the Obamacare repeal bill. However, repeal language already exists from a bill Congress passed in 2015.

Sadly, Republicans blew past their Jan. 27 self-imposed deadline to write the bill and the Obamacare repeal timeline is starting to slip. The longer Congress waits to repeal Obamacare, the greater the continued pain millions of Americans face on the exchanges.

The American people are so close to taking back control of their own health care. Our leaders in Congress have one last chance to make their promises a reality. Call them at 877-762-8762 and tell them there are no more excuses.

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