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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CANTOR. I yield myself the remaining time.

Mr. Speaker, America did not become great by accident. We are a great country because we continue to strive toward the protection and expansion of individual liberties in a way that people cannot find anywhere else in the world. Our system of free enterprise inspires people to pursue opportunity, to take responsibility for their lives, and to achieve success. Yet for the past 2 years, Congress and the administration have pushed an agenda that moves America in the opposite direction by eroding individual freedoms.

It is part of a philosophy premised upon government siphoning more money, control, and power out of the private sector. And the health care bill we seek to repeal today is the tip of the spear.

Mr. Speaker, let's make something clear: Both parties care deeply about health care. Likewise, Republicans have rejected the status quo. We simply disagree with our counterparts on the other side of the aisle that excessive government regulation and sweeping mandates on individuals and businesses are the right way to go about effecting the reforms that Americans want.

The construct of this bill is fundamentally unworkable. Instead of preserving the doctor-patient relationship, this legislation we seek to repeal is rooted in having Federal bureaucrats come between patients and their doctors, limiting choices.

If you go back to the health care debate last Congress, the President, then-Speaker Pelosi, and then-Leader Reid often spoke of two goals: one, we should strive to lower costs; and, two, if Americans liked the health insurance coverage they had, they should be able to keep it.

Mr. Speaker, we believe in the aftermath of this bill's passage these goals have not and cannot be met. Therefore, doesn't it stand to reason that we must repeal this bill and begin an honest debate about a better way forward? Of all the most disingenuous myths in this town, perhaps the biggest is the notion that repealing the health care bill will increase the deficit. Let's remember here, we are adding an open-ended entitlement. The new law is riddled with budget gimmicks that double-count savings, offset 6 years of benefits with 10 years of tax increases, and rely on cuts to Medicare and tax increases to fund a new entitlement.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office works hard to provide accurate accounting; but it is only able to score the legislation put in front of them, even if it includes budget gimmicks and fiscal shell games designed to hide its true cost. The reality is this trillion-dollar new government entitlement will lead to a one-size-fits-all cure and put our country and our States on a path to bankruptcy. At a time when we need to do everything in our power to encourage job creation, the health care bill hangs around the necks of businesses and serves as a barrier to job creation.

Mr. Speaker, if we want to deliver real results, the right way to go about health care reform is to lower costs and improve access. That is why, after the House passes this repeal of ObamaCare, we will begin a two-step process of: first, conducting oversight of the law and the impact it has had on our economy and our health care system; and, two, beginning work on a new vision to improve health care without bankrupting our country and taking away the health care that most Americans want and like.

This majority is dedicated to achieving results for the American people. As we have said before, Mr. Speaker, we are a cut-and-grow Congress. We will cut spending and job-destroying regulation and grow private-sector jobs and the economy. Repealing last year's health care law is a critical step. Mr. Speaker, we can do better, we will do better, and I urge my colleagues to support repeal.

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Mr. CANTOR. I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, in beginning to respond to the minority's motion to recommit, all I can say is this is an attempt to derail the repeal of the ObamaCare bill--without question.

The positing of this motion to recommit and the substance of that recommit is also inexplicable if one could be deemed to be offering a legitimate policy proposal. The notion that somehow the repeal position that the majority has taken and that, frankly, the majority of the American people desire is somehow connected with denying a better way forward, again, is inexplicable. I think, again, Mr. Speaker, I would say it is not a serious attempt to add towards how we get to a better way in health care.

Now, the question before this body is simple: Do you support the new health care law? Yes or no.

The motion to recommit is simply an effort to protect ObamaCare from being repealed, period.

If you think the new health care law will improve how health care is delivered in the U.S., then support the motion to recommit.

But if you believe, as most Americans do, that the new health care law will put America on the wrong path--that the open-ended entitlement design of the new law will contribute to putting us on a path to bankruptcy, that the policies in the law will deny patients access to the care that they want and need, if you believe that the new law will increase health care costs, not lower them, and that the new law is generating great uncertainty for our businesses, is hurting our economy and that the new law is unconstitutional--then vote against the motion to recommit.

Voting against the motion to recommit is a vote to repeal the health care law, and I urge its defeat.

Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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