March 23, 2015

Obamacare Five Year Anniversary

Five years ago today, Obamacare was signed into law.  It was jammed through Congress without a single Republican vote by lawmakers who never even read the bill.  The results have been disastrous.

As I travel the 18 counties of the 4th Congressional District, I hear the horror stories firsthand.  People have been forced off their health insurance in the midst of serious medical battles.  Businesses have been forced to cut worker hours in order to avoid stiff penalties from the employer mandate.

Obamacare raided $716 billion from Medicare, and seniors across my district are hurting as a result.  It also slashed Medicare Advantage by 16%.  Premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing, while coverage networks are shrinking.

I was an original co-sponsor and voted to pass H.R. 596 which would repeal Obamacare in its entirety.  With Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate, budget reconciliation presents an opportunity to repeal the law once and for all.  I am fully supportive of these efforts in the coming months.

While I’m not banking on the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare, King v. Burwell does pose a very real threat to the law.  The very fact that it is in front of the Supreme Court underscores the fact that our government’s failed healthcare takeover is not sustainable.  Over $1.5 billion was spent building the Obamacare website alone, and we all know how that turned out.

From healthcare, to tax policy, to our regulatory state, I’m fighting every single day for less government and more freedom.  It’s the great privilege of my lifetime to be your voice in Congress, and I will forever be grateful for the trust that has been placed in me.