Congressman Lamar Smith issued this statement today after voting to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"I voted to repeal the health care law because this bill is fundamentally flawed. Instead of pursuing common sense reforms, the Democrats' law increased health care costs and imposed new mandates and penalties.
"The President's own Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that our nation's health costs would increase by $311 billion--about $1,000 per person. The cost of this law adds $701 billion to the deficit over the next ten years.
"In November, voters made it clear that Congress' number one priority should be fixing the economy. The Democrat's health care law sidelines job creation and prolongs economic uncertainty.
"We now have the opportunity to start over and get it right. I believe we can expand access to care while curbing costs, eliminating unfair mandates and penalties."