Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s (FGA) 2017 Congressman of the Year Award for his commitment to reversing the devastating impact of Obamacare.
“ObamaCare has devastated Americans who are no longer able to afford skyrocketing premiums and has left state budgets crippled under its weight. Congressman Palmer’s dedication to relieving the pressure of Obamacare on people across the nation with the inclusion of an invisible risk-sharing program should be applauded,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO and President of FGA.
The award recognized Palmer’s diligent work in repealing and replacing Obamacare, particularly his role in drafting the Palmer-Schweikert Amendment to the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Palmer-Schweikert Amendment, which would have created a federal invisible-risk sharing program, was crafted in order to provide relief for Americans struggling with the unsustainable cost of Obamacare. A federal invisible risk-sharing program would result in lower premiums, coverage for those with pre-existing coverage, and fewer uninsured Americans.
Bragdon continued, “Congressman Palmer worked tirelessly to develop a solution that would help stabilize state budgets, lower costs for individuals across the country, and protect the truly needy. I am honored to award Congressman Palmer with FGA’s 2017 Congressman of the Year Award for his diligence and hard-work.”
Palmer said he’s honored to receive the award.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the Foundation for Government Accountability,” said Palmer. “FGA was indispensable in developing the amendment that I introduced on invisible risk sharing. This innovative approach would have driven down the cost of health insurance premiums and helped ensure that those with pre-existing conditions had access to affordable coverage. FGA is a tremendous asset and I look forward to more opportunities to work together to find solutions for major issues”