January 6, 2014

John Ratcliffe Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge and Obamacare Repeal Pledge

HEATH, TEXAS – Republican candidate for Congress and former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe recently signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the Obamacare Repeal Pledge.

“I recently signed two pledges aimed at reinforcing my commitment to fighting for conservative values,” Ratcliffe said. “Voters don’t have to guess what kind of Congressman I will be. That’s why I’m proud of my proven, conservative record.”

The ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge highlights Ratcliffe’s firm opposition to any future tax increases – both for individuals and corporations. “President Obama and his far left allies continue to ask for more rounds of economically destructive tax increases to pay for their spending binges,” Ratcliffe said. “Conservatives understand how backwards that logic is. I say we cut spending and reduce taxes.”

Ratcliffe’s record is consistent with his pledge. As a Texas mayor, he pledged to balance budgets without raising taxes. The worst economic recession of our lifetime didn’t stop him from keeping that promise each of his eight years in office.

Ratcliffe views Obamacare as one giant tax on America. “Obamacare adds trillions to our deficit, raises premiums for hard working families, kills jobs and imposes unnecessary headwinds on small businesses,” he said.

“The Republican Party has incorrectly been portrayed as the party of ‘no’—a party of no ideas and no solutions, said Ratcliffe. “In this vein, I pledge not to just repeal Obamacare, but also be a leader in Congress for proposing credible alternatives.”

In Congress, Ratcliffe will push for real reforms to the health care system including: equal tax treatment for employer and individual plans, the sale of health insurance across state lines, insurance portability, promotion of HSAs, risk pooling for individuals and small businesses, and the elimination of fraud, waste and abuse.

The resulting savings of these market-based, patient-centered reforms would likely be enough to provide all Americans with at least some form of catastrophic coverage.

“Running for Congress was a decision I reached after careful thought and much prayer,” said Ratcliffe. “I simply couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer and watch the American dream be compromised. In Congress, I pledge to be accountable to the voters of this district and never forget the conservative values which have defined my public service.”

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