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By Congressman Robert Hurt
This past week, the House voted for the 30th time to ensure that the President’s health care law does not negatively impact 5th District families and small businesses any further than it already has. The cost of this budget-busting law is too much for Central and Southside Virginians to afford and, listening to those we represent, we in the House remain committed to working on their behalf to repeal and replace this misguided law.
Public opinion polls show that the more people find out about this law, the less they like it. And that data is only reinforced as I travel across the 5th District and speak with those who are seeing firsthand how this law impacts their families and small businesses on a daily basis.
The people that I represent say that their premiums have increased, their constitutional liberties have been compromised by the individual mandate, and they worry about increased taxes associated with the law and how those taxes will affect their jobs and their businesses.
One of those taxes included in the many tax increases that will support this government takeover of health care is a $20 billion tax on the American manufacturing sector that is estimated to result in thousands of jobs lost across this country. In order to stop this massive, job-destroying tax hike, this past week, the House passed the Health Care Cost Reduction Act to stop impending tax hikes on medical device manufacturers.
As our economy struggles to get back onto its feet, each job lost hurts every American as we work to preserve the American Dream and its opportunities for future generations. At a time when unemployment has been over 8% for the third year in a row, it is apparent that big government policies, such as the President’s health care law, are not leading us in the right direction. It is critical that we change course.
Listening to the wishes of the people, House Republicans have vowed to change the course and put an end to the failed policies of the past by adopting dozens of bills that would repeal and replace this law. At a time when too many across the 5th District are out of work, we must enact policies that spur job creation, not cause further job loss.
The House remains committed to doing just that as we continue working to repeal the President’s health care law and replace it with health care reforms that will deliver the highest quality care, lower costs, and preserve jobs across this country.
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.