Rep. Frank Wolf(R-VA) is cosponsoring legislation that would require any funding for the health care reform law enacted in 2010 be approved by Congress every year.
The legislation (H.R. 1286), introduced today by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), is aimed at preventing the implementation of the health care overhaul. The measure would require that the new health care law be funded like every other federal program, forcing the administration to request funding every year for the new programs.
Presently, the health care reform law essentially shelters $105 billion from the regular budget process by including it in mandatory, automatic accounts, ensuring that some of the new funding will never face the careful scrutiny or reductions being applied to other federal programs in discretionary accounts that Congress must approve every year.
Wolf voted against the original health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama and cited then his concern about the billions of dollars in mandatory spending in the legislation. In this session of Congress he has voted to repeal and defund the law and also to repeal the burdensome 1099 tax filing requirements placed on small businesses. Legislation repealing the 1099 requirements awaits the President's signature to become law.
"I continue to believe that our country simply cannot afford the health care reform legislation signed into law last year," said Wolf. "We need to do everything we can to prevent its implementation while working to replace the law with responsible solutions that lower cost and offer greater access to affordable health care coverage."