obamacare

Obamacare

CURRENT ISSUES

Stopping Obamacare is one of my top priorities in Congress.  In March 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of Obamacare, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Unfortunately, she was right.  Democrats blindly passed Obamacare, and now Americans are suffering the consequences every day.  

America has the world’s finest doctors, hospitals, and medical innovations.  Obamacare puts the world’s greatest healthcare system in jeopardy.

We need to repeal Obamacare – every single word. I voted for H.R. 596 which passed in the House on February 3, 2015 and, if enacted into law, would repeal Obamacare in its entirety.

Unfortunately, no stand-alone legislation to actually stop Obamacare will be signed into law by a Democrat president.  Under Obama, a successful strategy would involve tying defunding provisions to must-pass fiscal legislation.  Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States grants the power over federal spending decisions to Congress.  Congress should use the power of the purse to stop Obamacare.

The ultimate solution will be to repeal Obamacare entirely and replace it with a different system based on free-market principles. Healthcare reform should:

  • Change laws to allow families and businesses to buy insurance across state lines.
  • Reform tort laws to end frivolous lawsuits that result in defensive medicine and exorbitant malpractice insurance premiums.
  • Enhance provisions for Health Savings Accounts.
  • Address pre-existing conditions by helping states provide high-risk insurance pools.

So far in the 114th Congress the House of Representatives has passed, multiple bills dealing with shortcomings of Obamacare. I have voted in favor of each of these bills, including:

    • H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015 (Passed House of Representatives on January 8, 2015.) to change the definition of a “full time employee” under Obamacare from at least 30 hours of service per week to 40 hours.  This keeps part-time employees from seeing their hours cut to avoid the penalties of Obamacare.
    • H.R. 1190, the Protection Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015 (I am a cosponsor of this bill.  Passed House of Representatives on June 23, 2015.) to repeal establishing an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) in Obamacare. IPAB is the board, consisting of fifteen unelected bureaucrats, designed to enact reforms to Medicare using fast-track procedures, making life and death decisions based on “efficiency” criteria.  With bipartisan support, the Senate must work to get this important bill to the President’s desk.
    • H.R. 2061, Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act (I am a cosponsor of this bill. Passed House of Representatives on September 29, 2015.) to allow for a religious conscience exemption to the Obamacare.  This allows an exemption for Americans who rely purely on religious methods of healing.
  • H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (Passed the House of Representatives and Senate, vetoed by the President, and Congress did not reach 2/3 majority to override and pass the bill on February 2, 2016.) to eliminate large sections of Obamacare, including the individual and employer mandates, Cadillac plan tax, medical device tax, and automatic enrollment.  The bill included a one-year defund of Federal reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.  I strongly supported this bill.

Even beyond the terrible provisions in the original legislation, President Obama has continued his executive overreach to make changes to the law without consent of Congress.  In the 113th Congress, I voted in favor of H. Res. 676, providing for authority to initiate litigation against actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States.  Specifically, the resolution authorizes the Speaker to file a lawsuit in objection to the way the President made changes to Obamacare.  As the Chief Executive, the President has responsibility to enforce the law, not change the law or create new laws. Rather than coming to Congress, the President made unilateral changes to the law.

On July 30, 2014, H. Res. 676 passed the House 225-201.  Former Speaker John Boehner filed a lawsuit against the President on November 21, 2014.  In the United States House of Representatives vs. Burwell, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jacob J. Lew, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a federal district judge ruled on September 9, 2015 that the lawsuit against Obamacare can move forward.  

Obamacare must be repealed and America must return to a health care system based on the free market.  I will continue to fight to repeal this unfixable law.

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