While traveling across the First District of Kansas for ten town hall meetings, Congressman Tim Huelskamp issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Obamacare becoming law:
"One year has passed since Obamacare was signed into law, and the American people still oppose it," Congressman Huelskamp said. "Fortunately for them, their message was heard loud and clear. I joined strong bipartisan majorities of the House in voting to repeal Obamacare and to defund it in the Continuing Resolution. It's a shame that Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to allow debate on either one of these measures."
"This 2,800 page law with more than 6,000 pages of regulation is not even fully implemented, but has businesses worried already. In today's trying economic times, America's employers do not need one more set of regulations and expenses. Many large companies and unions have already been granted special exemptions from having to comply with the law. They know it is not good for their bottom line. The employer mandate means businesses will be forced to offer health insurance -- this disproportionately punishes America's entrepreneurs."
"No doubt something needs to be done about America's healthcare system. Everyone agrees about that. But, this law is not the solution. We should start over from the beginning and build a patient-centered system. One of the first things we can do is to pass meaningful tort reform. Too many doctors are forced to practice defensive medicine. Another option we have is to allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines. If we make the marketplace more competitive, insurers will have to compete for business. A third, but certainly not final, possibility is to allow small businesses to pool together and purchase insurance in the same way larger businesses do."