U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement following today's vote for H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Healthcare Law Act:
"Today, I voted to repeal the Democrats' flawed healthcare plan because it does nothing to fix the problem of high cost healthcare in America. Instead, ObamaCare actually raises the cost to consumers by driving up premiums, adding over $700 billion to the deficit, and destroying 1.6 million American jobs. Today we voted to stop this.
"We must reform the healthcare process, but the public has told us time and time again, "We don't like this bill.' We must replace it with a common-sense plan that will actually lower costs and increase access to more options for quality insurance for every American.
"I believe we should adopt initiatives that would encourage providers to offer higher-quality care at lower costs; reduce the cost pressures that threaten to bankrupt Medicare, Medicaid, states and families; provide meaningful tort reform; allow patients to be in control of their healthcare; include greater flexibility for Health Savings Accounts; and grant consumers portability to carry insurance across state lines.
"ObamaCare's new taxes, mandates, regulations and government programs are fiscally dangerous at a moment when the United States is already facing a sea of red ink. Today's repeal cuts $540 billion in government spending and stops $770 billion in job-destroying tax hikes, allowing us to promote job growth and help to restore the federal government to fiscal balance."