Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after Senate Democrats voted 51-47 to block full repeal of the Democrats' government health care takeover that President Obama signed into law March 23, 2010. Senator DeMint is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare, S. 192, and it is cosponsored by all Republican senators.
"Today's vote reveals the senators who refuse to listen to the American people, and I believe those who continue to block repeal will find themselves repealed at the ballot box," said Senator DeMint. "ObamaCare is a partisan power grab that cannot stand because it will irreparably harm our economy and the health of our citizens. The American people have loudly rejected this takeover and courts have invalidated the law as unconstitutional. Republicans will continue to fight until ObamaCare is fully repealed so we can enact commonsense reforms to make health care more affordable and accessible for every American."
* Leading Economists project that ObamaCare will add roughly $500 billion in new health care taxes, passing those costs to patients and will raise the federal budget deficit by more than $500 billion over the next 10 years and by nearly $1.5 trillion in the following decade.
* According to the Congressional Budget Office, ObamaCare will increase health care costs to families by $2,100 per year.
* The Heritage Foundation estimates that the economy will lose 670,000 jobs under the new law, many of them in the health care industry.
* An American Action Forum study finds that employers will be forced to drop employer-sponsored health care coverage for as many as 35 million Americans.
* An analysis from HSA Consulting Services concludes the new law restricts the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and reduces the amount of money that can be contributed to Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs).
* As of January 26, 2011, 733 waivers from ObamaCare's annual limit requirements had been granted to businesses, labor unions, and insurers, affecting 2.2 million enrollees.
* On Dec. 13, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011, U.S. district courts ruled that it is unconstitutional for the government to impose an individual mandate to buy health insurance.