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Repealing Mandatory Funding for State Health Insurance Exchanges

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Mr. POMPEO. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 1213, a repeal of a mandatory piece of spending inside of ObamaCare that will do a great deal to not only destroy health care in America but destroy jobs in Kansas and all across our country.

I spent the last couple weeks back in the district. I was in Greenwood and Elk and Chautauqua and Montgomery County, in Butler County and Sedgwick County. I heard the ranking member today say he wants us to do the people's work. I will tell you that every day I heard about people that were frightened by ObamaCare. I talked to business leaders that understood that the last thing they wanted to do was to hire a full-time employee because of the burdens and obligations that would come from this piece of legislation.

I was proud at the very beginning of my time in Congress to vote to repeal the entire bill, and I am equally proud today to attempt to put back in the box this mandatory spending provision. This spending provision gives, without any oversight, any restraints, the Secretary of Health and Human Services powers that are very, very large. I happen to have a special perspective on that.

Today's Secretary of HHS was my Governor for the last 8 years. The last thing that we want to do in health care is to give my former Governor an unlimited checkbook. We have seen what that has done to Kansas. I know what that will do to the United States of America.

This is very clear. When we talk about health care, what we are talking about is trying to find a way to reduce costs. The absolute worst thing you can do if you are trying to reduce costs is give the government an unlimited checkbook. They will spend it. They will spend it every day. They will spend it all the time.

I urge the strong support of H.R. 1213 so that we can stop this horrible piece of mandatory spending.

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