Late yesterday, here at the PP Bunker, we received a flood of press releases with various flavors of righteous indignation on the ongoing fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Said releases appear after the fold, in alphabetical order, just to be fair.
And updates will be added as needed.
From Rep. John Barrow:
For Immediate Release: May 16, 2013
Barrow Statement on Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today released the following statement on his vote against a bill to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2010, Congressman Barrow voted against passage of the ACA, but has since called for legislation to repeal the most burdensome provisions within the bill, while preserving provisions such as a ban on insurance companies denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and a provision allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of twenty-six.
“The Affordable Care Act is a mess, but there are steps we can take to improve the law for folks in the 12th District without harming businesses and limiting coverage,” said Congressman Barrow. “Today’s vote is the same, unproductive ‘all or nothing’ approach that’s not going anywhere, just to score cheap political points. I’ll continue to fight for bipartisan proposals that repeal the burdensome provisions without threatening positive aspects of the law.”
Congressman Barrow recently sent out an e-newsletter to constituents in the 12th District discussing health care. To view the e-newsletter, please click here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
Broun on Obamacare Repeal: It’s May, and It’s About Time
Rep. Broun, physician Member of Congress, says repeal should still be first priority
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), a cosponsor of H.R. 45, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s legislation to repeal Obamacare, today released the following statement after the House passed the bill 229 to 195 votes:
“Today marks the third time that the Republican-led House has voted to fully repeal Obamacare since it was passed in 2010,” said Rep. Broun. “While I applaud action finally being taken for the first time in the 113th Congress, this should have been our number one priority on the first day of the new session. The 113th Congress began in January. It’s May – and it’s about time.
“Every day premiums are going up. Every day a new part of this deplorable healthcare law goes into effect. Every day patients are finding that they can no longer afford their healthcare plans due to this law’s onerous new regulations. So I ask my colleagues, why are we not acting – every day – to protect Americans from this attack on their freedom?
“We’re starting to see the wheels truly fall off of Obamacare. We now know that it will cost double what the President originally promised, that you can’t keep your plan if you like it, and that CMS can’t scrape up the money to implement state-based exchanges. Even some of the original authors of Obamacare, like Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, have admitted that this bill is ‘a huge train wreck.’
“We must continue to keep up the pressure on the Senate, the Administration, and the President to rip this healthcare nightmare out by the roots, and start over with healthcare reform that makes sense. We need to pass my Patient OPTION Act, which I am currently re-drafting, as a way to make healthcare cheaper for everyone, provide coverage for all Americans, and save Medicare from going broke.”
From Rep. Doug Collins:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
COLLINS: TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO PUT HIS PEOPLE FIRST
Georgia rep. casts first vote to repeal Obamacare, highlights POTUS disregard for nation’s future wellbeing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) voted today to completely dismantle and abolish President Barack Obama’s damaging health care legislation, also known as Obamacare. Introduced by Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MI), H.R. 45 passed the House earlier today and would fully repeal the Obama Administration’s controversial health care bill. Collins released the below statement following the vote:
“Whether it be violating the freedom of the press, creating a partisan tax system, or forcing the largest tax increase in our nation’s history upon every innocent American, President Obama has continued with his blatant disregard for the wellbeing of our country,” said Collins. “Today, the House of Representatives said no more, and I am proud to be part of that effort. Obamacare was never about eliminating the real problems we’ve found in our health care system. It has always been centered around increasing government control, and that’s something I simply do not believe in as a small government conservative. Furthermore, to have the newest political arm of the White House, the IRS, be the enforcement mechanism behind Obamacare would be an absolute tragedy considering recent events and pending investigations of the agency.
“The uncertainty Obamacare brings is plaguing employers in my district and across the country. They are terrified of what will happen once the clock hits midnight on January 1, 2014. Frightening our citizenry and stifling our free market system is not what the federal government should be in the business of doing, and we must continue the fight to make sure this does not happen. Today’s vote, along with the recent surplus of scandals we’ve seen coming out of the White House, should be a resounding wakeup call to President Obama that the time is now for him to put the American people before his own party’s politics.”
Collins, alongside his freshman colleagues, spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives earlier this week speaking in strong support of today’s vote for full repeal. For video of Collins’ remarks, please click here.
From Rep. Phil Gingrey:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
Gingrey: Obamacare repeal vote “critical”
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., voted again today to repeal Obamacare. The measure passed the House of Representatives 229-195.
“We are still fighting. We are still in the trenches,” Gingrey said. “As both a physician and a taxpayer, repealing Obamacare remains my top priority. President Obama promised that his law would not raise taxes, would decrease health care costs, and that if we liked our plans, we could keep them. These promises have been broken, and Obamacare accomplishes the exact opposite of what the President pledged.
Gingrey cited the recent revelation that the IRS has been targeting Tea Party groups as another critical reason for repeal.
“This past week, we learned the IRS—the enforcer of Obamacare—has been targeting conservative groups who oppose the Obama administration,” Gingrey said. This is a thuggish attempt to shut people up. They’ve proven we can’t trust them, and now we’re giving them all of our health care information?”
Gingrey is committed to enacting step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that increase access, ensure quality of care, and protect the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. America needs market-based reforms that leave power in the hands of the consumer, rather than federal bureaucrats.
From Rep. Tom Graves:
For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2013
Graves: Obamacare Vote Will Show Where House Members Stand On IRS Scandal
“This is your chance to weigh in on the IRS scandal…voting to keep Obamacare is a vote to empower the IRS as the health care police of the United States.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) addressed the House today ahead of a vote to repeal Obamacare, saying the vote will expose which House Members approve or disapprove of the IRS suppressing Americans for disagreeing with the Obama Administration. Rep. Graves is the author of the Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 1005) and will vote again today to repeal Obamacare.
Madam Speaker, I rise today to say it is time to pull Obamacare out root by root.
We all know that it increases premiums and squeezes the family budget. We know that it does not let you keep the plan that you have today. We know that Obamacare is crushing jobs, and it‘s forcing many parents who have full-time jobs today into tomorrow’s part-time jobs.
And now, we have some new information as we prepare to vote.
The chief enforcers of this law – the IRS – have been outed as partisan political operatives. They’ve harassed and bullied and suppressed the political opponents of the Obama Administration.
Now they want to be in charge of our health care? Give me a break. I don’t think so.
Members, this is your chance. This is your chance to weigh in on the IRS scandal.
A vote to repeal is a vote to stop the IRS.
But, voting to keep Obamacare is a vote to empower the IRS as the health care police of the United States.
The choice is easy. Vote to take power away from the IRS, not to give them more.
From Rep. Jack Kingston:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
Kingston Statement on Vote to Repeal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) today released the following statement on his vote to repeal Obamacare:
“Three years ago, Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass Obamacare for you to find out what is in it. Now we know: higher premiums, less choice, and $1 trillion in new taxes. Fixing America’s health care system begins with repealing this law and keeping government bureaucrats out of the doctor-patient relationship. Recent revelations about the politicization at the IRS make clear that they cannot be trusted in one of the most personal parts of our lives.
“I support replacing this law with real reforms that increase access to and bring down the cost of care without growing government. That means reforming our medical liability system, removing government barriers to competition and innovation, and leveling the playing field for individuals, families, and small businesses when purchasing health insurance.
“I don’t care if it takes 37 votes or 3,700, I will not rest until we repeal and replace this misguided law.”
From Rep. Tom Price:
Price Praises Passage of Health Care Law Repeal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), praised the passage of the repeal of President Obama’s health care law in the U.S. House of Representatives today, saying:
“Our friends on the other side of the aisle complain that we are voting again to repeal President Obama’s health care law. This critique is especially peculiar given the fact that the Democrat-controlled Senate and many Democrats in the House all voted to repeal a critical component of this law – the medical device tax. In fact, even President Obama agrees that his health care overhaul is tremendously flawed, as he has already signed into law the repeal of seven key parts of it.
“As an orthopaedic surgeon practicing medicine for more than two decades, I can say with certainty that this law is terrible for patients, families and doctors. After all, it violates every principle of health care we hold dear – accessibility, affordability, choices, innovation, responsiveness and quality.
“President Obama’s health care law is also doing real harm to our economy, and consequently, millions of our fellow Americans. Many workers are being forced to accept part-time jobs instead of full-time employment. Premiums have skyrocketed, making health care unaffordable for so many American families.
“House Republicans know that the end of this fight is not simply repealing the President’s health care law. We know we must replace it with solutions that empower patients, families and physicians to make health care decisions, not Washington. We look forward to continuing to offer these solutions in the weeks to come.”
Rep. Tom Price, M.D., serves as vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
From Rep. Lynn Westmoreland:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2013
Westmoreland Votes to Repeal ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 45, a bill to repeal ObamaCare. Congressman Westmoreland is a cosponsor of the legislation and joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the House to vote for the bill. This week’s vote marks the 37th time House Republicans have voted to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.
“ObamaCare is and has always been a bad law. And every day it seems we find out new information that only backs that up.
“We were promised insurance premiums would be lowered. Instead, premiums have increased $3,000 annually for American families. In Georgia, the House Energy and Commerce Committee anticipates premiums will increase from 48-63 percent in the individual market and 25 percent in the small group market. We were assured that people could keep their health insurance and now even President Obama’s own HHS Secretary Sebelius has admitted an estimated 24 million Americans who like their health insurance are likely to lose it. The cost has more than doubled since the law was passed just three short years ago, from the $900 billion price tag the president promised the American people in 2010 to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s $1.88 trillion estimate announced recently.
“And now we are learning the agency responsible for enforcing the individual mandates within ObamaCare has been secretly targeting conservative groups who don’t agree with the president’s policies. Can we really trust that same agency to properly and ethically manage that? I think not.
“That’s why I’m a cosponsor of this bill to repeal ObamaCare and that’s why I’m going to continue to support a full repeal of ObamaCare until the Senate and the president finally admit this is what is best for the country and what the American people want,” stated Westmoreland.