Sounding the Alarm on Rising Healthcare Costs
The American people didn't like the law when it was rammed through Congress by President Obama and a Democratic majority in 2010, and according to most public opinion surveys, they like it even less now.
Americans are dealing every day with the tough realities of life in the Obama economy. They're facing rising prices for food, gas, college tuition and health care. Many are out of work. And among those fortunate enough to have jobs, many are struggling to keep them. Couple this with the ever-present specter of higher taxes -- which are constantly being threatened by the president and his advisors -- and the possibility of another downgrade in our nation's credit rating as a consequence of the national debt that has exploded under the president's spending policies, and it's a pretty grim picture.
The president's health care law was supposed to lower health care costs and create jobs, with one Congressional leader promising the immediate creation of 400,000 jobs. Instead it has raised health care costs and made it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, making things worse. Its failure parallels that of the president's ill-fated ‘stimulus’ spending law, which was supposed to keep the national unemployment rate from rising above eight percent. More than three years later, the national unemployment rate has yet to fall below eight percent under President Obama.
What Americans wanted in 2010, and still want today, is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform -- not the costly, 2,700-page government takeover of our health system that produced the president's ‘comprehensive’ health care law. As I said then, and still believe now, ‘comprehensive’ is not something Washington does well.
My Republican colleagues and I passed legislation (H.R. 2) through the House last Congress to fully repeal the president’s health care law as one of our first acts as a new majority, and full repeal remains our goal. It was part of our Pledge to America in 2010, and anything less is unacceptable.
The House Republican majority has voted 30 times so far to repeal, defund, and dismantle President Obama’s health care law. In addition to H.R. 2, the jobs-focused budgets passed by the House this year and last fully repeal and defund the government takeover of health care. We've passed -- and the president has signed into law -- our bill to repeal ObamaCare's paperwork mandate on small businesses. We enacted legislation preventing the IRS from hiring 16,500 new agents who would have helped to impose the law's tax hikes and mandates.
The list goes on. The House passed legislation (H.R. 5) repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats tasked under ObamaCare with rationing care for America’s seniors. We've successfully eliminated several ObamaCare slush funds that were slated to waste billions of taxpayer dollars.
The June 28, 2012 Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare has strengthened the resolve of Republicans, and the American people, to fully repeal a law that is hurting our economy, driving up the cost of health care and making it harder for small businesses to create jobs. What the American people really want are common-sense steps that will empower them and their families to choose the doctor they want, at lower cost. The American people want this bill repealed.
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