U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, is a co-sponsor of HR 2 which would repeal the massive health-care overhaul passed last year by the previous Congress in a partisan vote.
The freshman legislator representing the 10th District said he signed onto the historic bill for several reasons but cited the "damage the government takeover of the health-care industry would do to the economy" as his prime reason.
"ObamaCare adds trillions of dollars to our existing liabilities, drives up costs even further and puts government bureaucrats in between doctors and patients," Marino said. The current law, he said, is hindering the economy from getting back on track because it includes more than $500 billion in tax increases, not to mention the burdensome IRS 1099 paperwork requirements and an employer mandate that has already started to have detrimental effects.
"Companies are already announcing benefit cuts, a labor union has announced it will no longer cover dependent children and some companies have stopped offering retiree health care," Marino said. "All of this is coming at a time when roughly 15 million Americans are searching for work."
The Obama administration's own actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warn that the Medicare cuts contained in the law are so drastic that "providers might end their participation in the program."
Marino said ObamaCare did not succeed in lowering health-care costs, one of the American people's chief concerns. He cited a Congressional Budget Office report that predicts health-insurance premiums for those buying private coverage will increase by $2,100 more in 2016 than they would have without ObamaCare.
In a statement that will be entered into the record on Wednesday, Marino said: "As a two-time cancer survivor and the father of a daughter living with cystic fibrosis, what is rhetorical for many of my colleagues is a reality for my family. There is no doubt that reforms are needed to ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable insurance."
Though changes are necessary, Marino said in his statement: ObamaCare is the "wrong solution" and includes an "unconstitutional individual mandate on all Americans requiring the purchase of health insurance coverage."
Marino said America sent a "clear message" to Washington and the passage of the resolution will prove that legislators have heard that message.