Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) released the following statement Wednesday, March 23, 2011, on the one year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its impact on Americans:
"One year ago today, the health care bill that spends over a trillion dollars and imposed sweeping new mandates on patients, providers and states, was rushed through Congress and signed into law by the president.
"Nancy Pelosi said we would have to pass the bill so that Americans could find out what was in it. And now, we are finding out just how bad it really is.
"In only one year, the health care law already costs a half trillion more than originally projected.
"The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report stating the coverage expansion from the health care law is $1.445 trillion, far higher than the $938 billion claimed by the president and Democrats last year.
"As a member of the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I will continue to work on crafting new health care replacement legislation that focuses on the issue that Americans really want addressed -- controlling the rising cost of health care.
"I continue to support proposals that allow individuals to purchase health care across state lines, enact meaningful medical malpractice reform, remove lifetime caps, and prohibit discrimination against patients with pre-existing conditions.
"While just a starting point, these are solutions that will lower costs and increase access for all Americans without launching a government takeover of health care."