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By Congressman Robert Hurt
As of late, the conversations I have with my constituents have a consistently clear message: The President’s healthcare law is hurting families and small businesses. President Obama’s healthcare overhaul is unworkable and it is having a devastating effect on our fragile economy. That is why I believe we must take responsible action to delay the implementation of the President’s healthcare law.
It is my job as an elected official to listen to the constituents I represent, and bring their concerns to Washington in order to make decisions on their behalf.
It is clear that President Obama’s takeover of American healthcare is not ready for primetime. In July, the Administration announced that it would disregard 600 pages of regulations, including the requirement that the government verify each applicant for exchange subsidies to ensure they are actually qualified for the assistance. The law not only opens the door to rampant fraud and abuse, but also potentially will lead to wasting billions of taxpayer dollars at a time when we are facing a nearly $17 trillion debt.
The national unemployment rate is hovering at $7.3%, and the President’s healthcare law is hampering the ability of small businesses to create jobs for our stagnant economy. It is forcing these vital employers to cut employee hours and trim their workforces at a time when we can ill afford to be doing so.
On Saturday night, my colleagues in the House and I voted once again to fund the operations of the federal government in a reasonable and responsible way and delay this ill-conceived law. Despite the well-known looming fiscal deadline, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to wait one week before finally returning to the House his response – which would be to simply continue the status quo. The bipartisan legislation that the House passed last weekend gives the Senate that opportunity. The House proposal embraces reasonable and responsible spending reform and extends to Virginia families the same reprieve from the harmful effects of the healthcare law that the President has extended to favored special interests here in Washington. It is my hope that this sensible spending plan becomes law for the United States and Fifth District Virginia families.
I look forward to continuing to fight for fiscal reform and protecting the American people from the harms created by the President’s healthcare law. Our Main Street businesses and our Virginia families depend on it.
If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.