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The fundamental question facing uninsured Americans was never, “how do we give the federal government more power over our lives?” Yet government control over health care was the ultimate result of the president’s health care law. Obamacare costs jobs, reduces choices, lowers the quality of care, and hurts the very people it was intended to help.
As the reasons why this is not the reform we need continue to pile up, I voted once again to repeal President Obama’s health care law. With a string of broken promises from its authors, this law has already forced people off the insurance they previously had and increased health insurance premiums for many. Even after the law is fully implemented, 30 million people will remain uninsured. Obamacare will also force 15 percent of hospitals out of business.
I frequently hear from folks throughout the Sixth District who are worried what this law will mean for their health care. One small example of the absurdity of Obamacare was provided by a constituent of mine. This small business owner has chosen to insure his employees for the last 40 years, helping his employees afford the insurance they need to keep their families healthy. Because of Obamacare, this company is required to spend more than $30,000 to re-enroll their current employees in the insurance plan. That’s right – even though these employees already have health insurance the company is required to pay a fee for each and every one of them to enroll the employee back into the exact same plan. That $30,000, which could have been used to hire new workers or expand the business, will now be sent to bureaucrats in Washington.
And if that isn’t enough of a reason to repeal this law, Obamacare will necessitate the hiring of thousands of new IRS agents to enforce tax provisions within the law. With recent revelations of nefarious behavior at the IRS, do we really want to give this agency more power to interfere in our lives?
House Republicans offered alternatives that provided common sense reforms to allow folks to get the insurance they need at an affordable price. Unfortunately, what we ended up with was a law that, as former Speaker Pelosi famously stated, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Americans are now learning what is in the bill, and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations to enforce it, and I can tell you the backlash and opposition continues to mount.
Instead of growing the size of the federal government and propping up health care exchanges, bureaucratic Medicare rationing panels, and costly mandates, let’s start over and focus on the real needs of access to care and reduced costs of insurance. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to repeal Obamacare and replace it with true reforms that will increase access, lower costs for consumers, and stop growing the size of government.