Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) released the following statement today after voting to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Hayworth strongly supports replacing the law with common-sense reforms that empower patients and reduce costs:
"Our vote today to repeal is not merely symbolic. It represents the true will of the American public and it paves the way to reform our health care in a manner that will allow our citizens to have the good, cost-effective health care and affordable, portable health insurance they need. We all honor the goals of the Affordable Care Act but this law increases spending, raises taxes, and destroys jobs. With this vote to repeal we are listening to the American people and fulfilling our promise."
"As a physician with 16 years of practice experience, I can assure you that the Affordable Care Act will, paradoxically, deprive Americans of care. It enshrines a third-party payment system that adds to costs, then, in the name of controlling costs, transfers power from consumers to the government to make crucial decisions that belong in the hands of patients and their doctors. It also neglects to deal effectively with reforms in medical liability that must be made to reduce the unconscionable cost of defensive medicine. "