Arizona Reps. mark Obamacare’s birthday

| March 24 2012
Christopher Cook

Following up on yesterday’s joyous fetes (More “celebrations” of Obamacare’s birthdayObamacare’s Unhappy BirthdayNew hard-hitting Obamacare ad: Two Years Later), we have statements from elected officials.

 

Rep. Quayle:

Two Years of Failure

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement on the second anniversary of Obamacare’s signing:

“Nancy Pelosi once said we would have to pass Obamacare so we could find out what is in it. Well, two years later we know, and it isn’t pretty. Healthcare premiums are rising at nearly double the rate they were before the legislation was passed. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 27 million Americans will still be uninsured by 2022 and that 20 million people will lose their employer based healthcare coverage because of Obamacare. So much for the President’s promise that you can keep your plan if you like it.

“Obamacare is filled with unconstitutional mandates and provisions that confer arbitrary power, raise costs, cut benefits, harm access and restrict choice. It has got to go and I will fight for its full repeal. In the two years since this bill was signed, the American people have had their fears confirmed. Obamacare is simply bad medicine.”

 

Rep. Schweikert:

THE TERRIBLE TWOS

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement today on the second anniversary of President Obama signing Obamacare into law:

“Every new day Americans live under this government takeover of healthcare, we find another broken promise, sweetheart deal, and premium increase.

“Healthcare costs have soared, seniors have been left hurting, and many patients can no longer see their doctors. Further, Americans have seen over $800 billion in new taxes coming out of our pockets to pay for these mandates.

“I am proud to be a part of a House of Representatives that has overturned many facets of this terrible law, and will keep working to finish the job so Obamacare never has the chance to see its third anniversary.”

 

Rep. Gosar:

Congressman Gosar’s Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Passage of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s overreaching federal health care law—a law that has looted Medicare, raised taxes, increased regulations, and caused health care costs to spiral upward.

“On the two year anniversary of Obamacare, Americans stand resolved that this legislation if left in place, will spell the ruin of health care in this country.  As a healthcare provider for over 25 years, I am confident that the best solution is a full repeal of this costly burdensome legislation which will hurt patients by undermining access to quality care while adding billions to our deficit.

Yesterday, I voted for the Protecting Access to Health Care Act (PATH), a comprehensive healthcare bill which included language that has been a high priority of mine for years. Legislation like this is the solution to fixing our healthcare system, not a full government takeover that costs jobs and bankrupts our nation.

I will continue to advocate for stronger, smarter and more cost effective measures to solve our nation’s healthcare crisis without government interference.  I am committed to a patient centered system of care that emphasizes personal responsibility and choice.”

Speaker Boehner’s office has also noted that Obama is marking the anniversary . . . by remaining completely silent:
Anniversary? What Anniversary? President Obama Silent on ObamaCare at Two-Year Mark as Costs Soar, Small Businesses Suffer

“With much fanfare, dozens of pens and members of Congress beaming at his side, President Obama signed a sweeping health care reform bill this morning. … The mood at the signing ceremony was nearly ecstatic and some members even wiped away happy tears.” (Talking Points Memo, 3/23/10)

Oh what a difference a couple of years makes.  President Obama, who spent more than a year relentlessly lobbying for the health care law – while the economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs – is keeping mum as the government takeover of healthcare turns two today.  For a president who at one time was ready and willing to put his future on the line to see his signature legislation enacted into law, his absence today is notable:  Here’s more:

  • “Missing From Obama Health-Care Anniversary: Obama. President Barack Obama’s health-care law turns two years old Friday…There’s just one thing missing: Mr. Obama. He isn’t making any public appearances to talk about the law…With the law still unpopular with many Americans, the White House has concluded that it is virtually impossible to change negative public opinions, particularly if Mr. Obama is front and center, a senior administration official said.” (The Wall Street Journal, 3/22/12)
  • “Obama Won’t Mark Anniversary of Health Care Law.  While Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the signing of President Obama’s signature health care law, the president has no plans to celebrate the occasion.” (Politico, 3/21/12)
  • “Health Care Anniversary: Not Such a Big ‘Bleeping’ Deal?  It’s one big deal of an anniversary, but apparently President Obama will not be celebrating. Friday marks the second anniversary of Obama signing his health care reform bill into law, which Vice President Joe Biden was famously caught calling a ‘big (bleeping) deal’ at the ceremonial event that day. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday it’s unclear what will be on the president’s schedule this Friday, but he’s looking beyond past battles.” (Fox News, 3/19/12)
  • “White House: Meh, No One Outside of DC Really Cares About Obamacare Anymore.  President Obama’s spokesman said today that he doubts the White House will commemorate the second anniversary of Obamacare, explaining that the commemoration of Obama’s signature legislation is only important to ‘those who toil inside the Beltway.’” (Washington Examiner, 3/21/12)

As Speaker Boehner said yesterday, President Obama “has good reason to ignore this anniversary.”  According to a recent report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), ObamaCare will cost nearly $2 trillion – despite the president’s assurance that he would “not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits.”  In a separate report, the CBO said ObamaCare could force as many as 20 million Americans off their current coverage.  Small businesses are being especially hard hit by ObamaCare’s broken promises.  As one small business job creator put it, “I wish I could say that even better times are coming for What A Stitch but, unfortunately, the future still looks very uncertain. The new law weighs heavily on my mind every time I think about hiring new employees or how our business may grow and change over the next few years,” the House Small Business Committee reports.  As the number of ObamaCare broken promises continues to stack up, it’s no surprise that Americans remain as opposed to the government takeover of health care as ever.

House Republicans are listening to Americans, and yesterday held their 26th vote to repeal, defund and dismantle ObamaCare, passing legislation to do away with the ObamaCare rationing board and curb junk lawsuits that drive up costs.  While Republicans remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will strike down ObamaCare’s individual mandate – the foundation of the government takeover of health care – House Republicans will continue moving forward with their effort to repeal the law in its entirety. As House Speaker John Boehner has made clear, “There’s only one way to truly fix ObamaCare, and that’s by fully repealing it.”  Follow the ongoing effort to fully repeal ObamaCare and protect small businesses at: facebook.com/pledgetoamerica.

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