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Mr. MARINO. Mr. Speaker, we have heard a lot of rhetoric from my colleagues across the aisle opposing this legislation because of a select number of insurance market provisions included in the massive, overreaching health care law. As a two-time cancer survivor and the father of a daughter living with cystic fibrosis, what is rhetorical for many of my colleagues is a reality for my family. There is no doubt that reforms are needed to ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable insurance. In fact, we can probably all agree that there are many aspects of the health care system that were and are in desperate need of reform.
However, the law enacted nearly a year ago is the wrong solution to our health care system's numerous problems. The law will raise taxes by over $500 billion. It includes an unconstitutional individual mandate on all Americans requiring the purchase of health insurance coverage. The law will cost millions of American jobs and hits small businesses with more paperwork, more bureaucratic red tape, and less opportunity for growth. Finally, the law cuts Medicare by about half a trillion dollars which, even the President's own actuaries have said, could jeopardize access for seniors.
America has sent a clear message to Washington, and today we will show that we have heard that message. We must repeal the detrimental health care law and focus on the real problem facing our nation's health care system, the issue of cost. We can reduce health care costs by enacting meaningful medical liability reform, allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, and giving individuals the same tax relief as corporations for the purchase of health insurance. Once the health care law is repealed, I look forward to moving forward with alternative health care reform legislation that will achieve these goals. If we focus our efforts on reforms, such as these, that lower costs, we will expand access to affordable care without jeopardizing the system which has allowed our nation to have the best health care in the entire world. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 2 and H. Res. 9 and begin the process of enacting true health care reform.
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