Salmon: There is a Better Way to Healthcare Reform and it Doesn’t Include a Fumble
ICYMI . . .
Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding his vote on H.R. 3350, Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013:
“Today, Congress acted within its authority to try and protect the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare. Millions of Americans, including many Arizonans, have received notices of cancellation from their healthcare insurance companies who are acting to comply with Obamacare mandates. As a result, these families and businesses have lost their healthcare. President Obama promised the American people that they could keep their health insurance if they wanted to and the House is acting to ensure that promise.
“Though the President apologized again and again for his fumble, it does not change the fact that Arizonan families and businesses are being hurt by Obamacare—from the unworkable website to skyrocketing premiums. While our bill today repeals parts of Obamacare and ensures more choices for Americans, the ultimate solution is still a full repeal of Obamacare.
“Enough with the administrative fixes and sidestepping of Congress, this train wreck has already left the station and we must replace this big, bad, unworkable law with a free-market system. There is a better way to healthcare reform that doesn’t include burdensome mandates, broken promises, IRS oversight, and more uninsured Americans.”
Matt attended public school in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in English literature and an MPA from Brigham Young University.
After completing his education, Matt spent thirteen years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona. In his early career, Matt learned invaluable lessons regarding the effect of government regulation on private enterprise. With the ever increasing expansion of government and burdensome tax rates on American citizens and small businesses, Matt was called to begin a life of public service.
In 1990, Matt was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1991 until 1995. During this time, he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Rules Committee.
In 1994, Matt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three terms. As the only Member of Congress fluent in Mandarin, along with his position on the International Relations Committee, Matt led multiple U.S. delegations to China, one of which secured the release of political prisoner Song Yongyi. During his service, Matt was named a "Watchdog of the Treasury" for six consecutive years and earned the "Taxpayer Hero" award from Citizens Against Government Waste. In 2000, Matt remained faithful to a self-imposed term limit pledge and retired his seat.
After the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the expansion of government regulation during an economic crisis, Matt again answered the call to serve. In 2012, Arizona reelected him to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matt wants to ensure the voices of all Arizonans are heard and looks forward to advancing pro-business policies, cutting government waste and balancing the federal budget once again.
Matt has spent the last 33 years happily married to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
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