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Austin American Statesman: Flores introduces Pflugerville to ‘A Better Way’

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Washington DC , November 11, 2016 | comments

By: Nicole Barrios

U.S. Congressman Bill Flores explained a sweeping plan to change federal policies — including ending the controversial Obamacare health care plan — during the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Election Day Nov. 8.

Flores provided chamber members with key points of “A Better Way,” a plan spearheaded by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan that could change how the federal government handles poverty, national security, health care and the tax system.

The update was particularly timely, with voters hitting the polls on Election Day. Flores said he was ready for the election cycle to be over

“We did have some interesting candidates running, that’s for sure,” he said.

Although people “in the real world” feel uncomfortable about what’s coming out of Washington, Flores said, the system is working. But when overreaching regulation occur, he said states and industries sue.

“It’s a shame you have to sue to protect your rights of the Constitution,” he said. “I’m hopeful that we get the regulatory structure right.”

This sentiment, he said, led to A Better Way.

Flores said A Better Way also focuses on rebuilding national security with an emphasis on border security. The agenda aims to keep terrorists out of America by closing security gaps in transportation and immigration systems. It also proposes to build what it calls a “21st-century military.”

Tax reform is also a focus. “Most of you would say the taxes we have today just doesn’t make sense,” he said. “It hurts your business, it punishes investment, (and) it doesn’t really feel like you get a fair shake.”

A Better Way proposes to go from seven tax brackets for families down to three and to create a larger standard family deduction, he said.

On the business side, the plan has one simple tax break and eliminates all special-interest loopholes, he said. The plan would change the tax system from worldwide to a territorial system, which improves the country’s international competitiveness, he said.

“According to the tax foundation, our plan would lead to 9 percent higher (gross domestic product) growth, just about 8 percent higher wages and it would create just under 2 million new jobs,” he said.

The proposed agenda would also repeal Obamacare. Flores said the only good to come from the health care plan was that Congress and their staffs were also covered by it. “So I was facing the same real world problems as anybody else when going on the exchange,” he said.

The goals of Obamacare were to improve access to health care and lower the cost — which Flores said did neither. Under A Better Way, Flores said groups of people could form associations to buy health care for better buying power.

Since the goal is to keep people healthy, the plan proposes to accelerate the development of cures for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and others by setting up a large prize for those who develop a cure, he said.

On the topic of executive overreach and over-regulation, Flores said for the last eight years the U.S. has had “a regulatory regime that’s totally gone outside the statutory authority that Congress intended.”

The plan proposes to stop executive overreach by subjecting agencies to more scrutiny from Congress, he said.

“We have a great country, it has its challenges right now, but today we all get a voice in this,” he said. “The thing we all need to do is continuing to pray for this country that we’ll get back on the right track.”

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