Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) today cast his vote with a majority in the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 2, legislation to immediately repeal the health care reforms that President Obama signed into law last year. The vote, 245-189, was largely along party lines.
"A majority of the American people did not support the President's health care plan, but the President and a Democratic Congress chose to push this measure into law last year," Hall said. "If we had addressed health care reform in a bipartisan way from the beginning of the debate, our country would not be so divided and the vote today would not have been necessary."
"My constituents strongly opposed this government expansion into health care and the higher costs, higher taxes, and mandates that it would impose," Hall said. "This new law is keeping our economy from getting back on track by increasing costs on businesses and discouraging businesses from creating new jobs. In addition to increasing health care costs, it also cuts Medicare and jeopardizes access to health care for our senior citizens."
"Tomorrow I will vote in favor of H. Res. 9, a resolution instructing committees with jurisdiction to report legislation that replaces the health care law with common-sense solutions," Hall noted. Among the replacement initiatives that Hall supports are expansion of health savings accounts and allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines.
"Republicans agree that we must increase health care quality, access, and affordability -- and we will offer alternative proposals that will achieve necessary reforms without higher taxes, higher costs, individual mandates, or a government takeover of health care," Hall said.
The House-passed repeal bill now goes to the Senate, where the Democratic leadership has no plans to bring it up for debate. "That is unfortunate, because the American people deserve to be heard on this issue," Hall noted. "H.R. 2 is the first step towards putting the American people back in control of their personal health care choices, and I am surprised that the Senate Democrats would totally disregard the wishes of more than 50 percent of our citizens."