The House voted again Wednesday to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law, giving Republicans some revenge against the late June Supreme Court ruling that found the law to be constitutional.
Members approved the bill in a 244-185 vote, after five hours of debate that stretched over two days.
As expected, just a handful of Democrats supported the GOP repeal bill. Five Democrats, Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Mike Ross (Ark.), sided with Republicans in the final vote. Of this group, all but Matheson voted with the GOP in a procedural vote on the bill Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after voting
in favor of the Repeal of Obamacare Act.
“Even before full implementation, Obamacare has extensively damaged our healthcare syste
m, our economy and our freedom. Premiums have risen, patient choice has declined, and jobs have disappeared. Obamacare epitomizes the worst in government overreach and it must go.
“Today, I am proud to have voted to repeal Obamacare and stand for freedom. Once full repeal is achieved, we can make effective, market-based reforms that will cut costs and increase access.”
Yesterday, Congressman Quayle spoke on the House Floor in favor of repealing Obamacare. His remarks may be viewed here:
Speaker Boehner Urges Full Repeal of ObamaCare to Protect Jobs
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today urged his colleagues to heed the will of the American people and vote to fully repeal the president’s health care law, which is driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. Following are Speaker Boehner’s floor remarks:
“I rise today in strong support of H.R. 6079, legislation to repeal the president’s health care law. When this bill passed, we were promised this health care law would lower costs and help create jobs … one congressional leader even suggested it would create 400,000 new jobs. Guess what? It didn’t happen. It is making our economy worse, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
“The American people were told that they’d come to like this bill once it passed. Didn’t happen either. Most Americans not only oppose this law – they support repealing it.
“The American people were told taxes on the middle class wouldn’t go up if this bill passed. Well guess what? There are 21 tax increases in this health care law, and at least a dozen of them hit the middle class.
“Let me give you just a glimpse of the damage that all these tax hikes will do to our economy. A tax on health insurance providers will end up costing up to 249,000 jobs, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. A tax on health care manufacturers will put at as many as 47,100 jobs in jeopardy, according to one nonpartisan estimate.
“Then you’ve got the employer mandate, which will affect every job creator with 50 or more employees. Take White Castle, a company in my home state. They say that the employer mandate would eat up most of their net income starting in 2014. That’s on account of just one provision in the law. And there is the individual mandate that the Supreme Court has now ruled is a massive tax. The Congressional Budget Office says roughly 20 million Americans will either have to pay this tax or be forced to buy insurance that they wouldn’t have purchased.
“Add it all up, and the tax increases in this health care law will take at least $675 billion out of our pockets over the next 10 years. All this at a time when employers are just trying to get by.
“There’s a better way – that’s why we’re here. Americans want a step-by-step approach that protects their access to the care that they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. They certainly didn’t ask for this government takeover that has helped put us in the mess we are in today.
“At the beginning of this Congress, the House voted to repeal the president’s health care law. That was our Pledge to America, and we kept it. Unfortunately, our colleagues in the Senate refused to follow suit. Since then, we’ve made some bipartisan progress on repealing parts of this harmful health care law – including the 1099 paperwork mandate. But this law continues to make our economy worse … there’s even more resolve to see that it is fully repealed.
“I think this is an opportunity to save our economy. For those who still support repealing this harmful health care law, we’re giving our colleagues in the Senate another chance to heed the will of the American people. For those who did not support repeal last time, it’s a chance for our colleagues to reconsider. For all of us, it’s a chance to do the right thing for the country.”
(Updated 2:16 PM)
Representative Gosar on His Vote to Repeal Obamacare:
“This Tax Must Not Stand!”
Washington, D.C.— Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) voted in favor of the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079), to cease President Obama’s nationalization of American health care via what the U.S. Supreme Court determined to be a tax. The repeal of Obamacare would over the next ten years protect the economy and jobs by averting an increase of $800 billion in taxes, preventing a half trillion dollars in cuts to the Medicare Advantage program in order to fund the rest of this law, and also preserving the patient-doctor relationship. The successful passage of the legislation by 244 to 185 is the 33rd vote of the 112th Congress to defend or repeal this law.
Upon the passage of the legislation Gosar said, “I was proud to cast my vote again today to repeal Obamacare. This law must go! The American people have said loud and clear time and time again that they do not support Obama’s disastrous healthcare takeover and burdensome tax increase. The court’s designation that this is a tax furthers my resolve to protect Arizona families and businesses against it. Having served Arizona in Washington D.C for just a year, fighting big government’s constant attacks on our great state, I can say without a doubt that imposing Washington’s dysfunction on the health care system will be devastating to patients and flat line our economy.”
“As a healthcare provider, I know that the results of Obamacare on our system of healthcare and on the overall strength of our nation would be devastating. We must repeal and replace this government takeover with a patient centered, comprehensive plan which empowers consumers – not bureaucrats.”
Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. is a member of the GOP Doctor’s Caucus and has been a healthcare provider for over 25 years. To see a list of actions Congressman Gosar has taken to defund and repeal the nationalization of health care please click here.