Congressman Rick Berg released today the following statement on the one year anniversary of President Obama's job-crushing health care law:
"One year ago, behind closed doors and against the will of the American people, President Obama signed a law that forced a costly and unwanted overhaul of healthcare upon the American people. This law threatens Americans' access to affordable, quality health care and burdens America's small businesses with more uncertainty, taxes and regulation in a time when we need these job-creators to help get our country's economy back on track. Our nation faces a record-high deficit, and rather than reducing government spending, President Obama's health care law will add billions to our already unsustainable mountain of debt.
"North Dakotans want healthcare reform that lowers costs, ends lawsuit abuse and puts doctors and patients in control of healthcare decisions, not government bureaucrats. They have sent a loud message to Washington that they do not want President Obama's health care law--that's why I co-sponsored the repeal of Obamacare, voted to defund it altogether and have been working to take it apart piece by piece. I will continue to fight to abolish Obamacare, and I hope Senate Democrats and President Obama will listen to the American people and join the House in repealing this burdensome law."
Congressman Berg has ardently fought to repeal President Obama's health care law since being sworn into Congress. He served as an original co-sponsor to H.R. 2, the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" and spoke on the House floor in support of the repeal. He has also voted in favor of multiple amendments to defund over-reaching provisions found in the law. On January 19, H.R. 2 passed by a vote of 245 to 189 and was immediately sent to the Senate, where Democratic leadership has refused to take up the legislation for a vote.
Federal courts in Virginia and Florida have ruled that the health care law's individual mandate is unconstitutional. North Dakota was one of twenty-six states participating in the Florida lawsuit. Additionally, more than 1,000 waivers to the health care law have already been granted to businesses and organizations who have sought exemption from the law's mandates.
Rep. Berg is one of two freshman members of Congress serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. He was also selected to serve on the Subcommittees for Select Revenue Measures, Human Resources, and Social Security.