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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this effort to repeal the job-destroying health care law that a majority of Americans oppose.

Now, last year Congress put job creation on the back burner and instead pushed a very partisan, trillion-dollar overhaul of our health care system. Last year, at the Democrat leadership's request, Congress passed the bill to ``find out what is in it.'' Well, here is what we found: a laundry list of tax increases and job-crushing mandates that will make it harder for small businesses to make ends meet and further delay an economic recovery. This problem is so serious that the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy organization representing countless small businesses that drive the engine of our economy, found that the new employer mandate could cost 1.6 million jobs.

In and around my district, hundreds of medical technology companies are now facing higher taxes to the tune of $20 billion. We are penalizing innovation when we should be encouraging it. We are preventing lifesaving technologies from coming to market when we should be promoting them. This is unacceptable.

The American people deserve health care reform that doesn't break the bank. We need health care reform that lowers costs and doesn't increase premiums. We should repeal this law now and replace it with commonsense, patient-centered alternatives; otherwise, our economy will stagnate, our small businesses will not be able to expand, and the medical device industry in my district will continue to suffer.

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