House Votes to Repeal the President’s Misguided Health Law

Washington, May 17, 2013 -

Skyrocketing costs have put quality health coverage out of reach for millions of hard-working Americans for far too long. The President’s health care law, enacted in 2010, included a number of positive reforms that have bipartisan support. However, as the implementation date for some of the law’s most complex elements nears, I have heard from many of my constituents as well as employers in the 31st District who are deeply concerned about the impact the law’s mandates, regulations, and taxes will have on future health care costs for working families, our economic recovery, and job growth in the Inland Empire.

The law is already having a detrimental impact on our nation’s small businesses - the drivers of job growth in our communities.  In a Gallup survey of small business owners last month, one in five of those surveyed said they have reduced employee hours to part-time status, while 41 percent said they have held off on plans to hire new employees in anticipation of the new costs and regulatory burdens under the health care law. As the unemployment rate in San Bernardino County remains above ten percent, making it harder for small businesses to grow and create new jobs is the last thing we should be doing. 

On Thursday, the House voted to repeal the President’s health care law amid these serious concerns. However, we cannot return to the old, broken health care system that has failed millions of Americans.  Repealing the law is just the beginning of our efforts to enact real reforms that will bring down costs to patients, expand access to affordable coverage, and protect our nation’s seniors without adding to our nation’s fiscal woes or making it more difficult for job creators in the Inland Empire to grow and hire more workers. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the months to come to formulate bipartisan, common sense alternatives that will lead to lower costs, better quality, and more options to meet the health needs of consumers and their families.

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