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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. BUERKLE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2 because I believe that the American people deserve health care reform that will actually reduce costs and improve access without damaging the quality of our health care. Last year's enacted health care reform was a victory for Big Government and an affront to our Constitution. This law is so fundamentally flawed, it must be repealed.

When our Founders envisioned this legislative process, it was meant to be a deliberative one--thoughtful and respectful of the American citizens' freedom. Last year, that vision faltered; and Congress failed in its duties to the American people when they enacted this Affordable Care Act.

As a registered nurse and an attorney who represented a major teaching hospital, I am aware of the problems of our current system, in particular, the problems arising from government restrictions on the purchase of health insurance, government regulations on hospitals and businesses, and tort liability issues.

Unfortunately, this Affordable Care Act does not alleviate these problems and will further damage an overburdened system. According to the Health Care Association of New York State, my home State, we will face a $15 billion reduction in Medicare and Medicaid--affecting our hospitals, our skilled nursing facilities, our home health agencies and hospices over the next 10 years.

We need to implement true health care reform in a manner that preserves patient choice, protects access to health care, and controls costs without hurting job growth.

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