Leader Cantor: ObamaCare Is Not The Answer

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“Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of the full repeal of ObamaCare.

“Moms and Dads across America are worried. They are worried about their health, the health of their kids, and the health of their aging parents. They are struggling to understand how the new health care laws will affect their prescription prices, their emergency room visits, whether they can keep their doctor or worse, whether they can keep their job.

“These families want the best for themselves and their children, and so do we. House Republicans want patient centered health care reform that lowers costs, increases access, makes the health care system easier to enter and easier to navigate. ObamaCare is not the answer.

“While both parties agree that we must make health care more accessible, we in the majority fundamentally disagree that more government is the answer. Sweeping mandates on individuals and businesses will not improve our health care. We do not wish to see unelected, federal bureaucrats come between patients and their doctors, limiting choices, lowering quality and raising costs.

“Madam Speaker, the ObamaCare law which is set to be implemented eight months from now, is a threat to American patients and their families. When this law was first debated in 2009 and signed in 2010, the White House promised the American people that ObamaCare would lower costs for families and businesses. That promise has been broken. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“If you like the health care coverage you currently have, you really don’t know if you will be able to keep it under ObamaCare. Many employers are delaying hiring decisions because of provisions outlined in the law and people with pre-existing conditions are now being denied the coverage the President promised. There are more complaints about the law than praise, and for good reason.

“It is now projected that ObamaCare will send health care premiums skyrocketing in the individual and small group insurance markets. When fully enacted, this law is expected to pose new financial burdens on America’s youngest adults and many working families. Moreover, due to the projected cuts to Medicare Advantage, many of our seniors will face a type of health care they didn’t bargain for.

“This Act should not be considered a reform, but a bureaucratic overreach that makes a mess out of our health care system and gives incredible power to the Internal Revenue Service.

“President Obama has already signed seven bills originating in the House that repeal or defund parts of this health care law, but if we are serious in wanting to deliver real results for the people who sent us here, we should repeal ObamaCare and replace it with the health care that the American people desire.”


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