Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the House repealing the healthcare overhaul:
"A year ago, the House acted on behalf of the American people to repeal the Democrats' unpopular, job-killing healthcare overhaul. Although President Obama promised Americans his overhaul would reduce health costs and that 'if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan' -- Americans have since learned that neither are proving true. Instead, as many Americans long predicted, health insurance has become less affordable for families, businesses are dropping private coverage for employees, it has become a significant barrier to job creation, and future generations of Americans are being saddled with trillions more in debt. Today is yet another reminder that the healthcare bill has been a colossal failure, our economy needs it repealed, and the Senate's blocking of repeal defied the will of the American public."
Facts about Obamacare:
74% of businesses said that Obamacare makes it harder for their firms to hire new workers, and 30% said they are not hiring because of Obamacare. (Q4 Small Business Study, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1/18/12)
$2,100 increase in premiums for families buying insurance on their own due to ObamaCare. ("An Analysis of Health Insurance Premiums Under the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act," Congressional Budget Office, 11/30/09)
$701 billion increase to the deficit in the first 10 years of ObamaCare ("The Budget Record of the 111th Congress: More Spending, Taxes, Deficits and Debt," House Budget Committee, 9/ 29/10)
$1.094 trillion in new taxes and penalties once ObamaCare is fully implemented for a full 10 years beginning in 2014. (Congressional Budget Office and The Joint Committee on Taxation, 9/29 2011)
80% of all small businesses that would lose their current health plan by 2013, according to the Administration ("Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Relating to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interim Final Rule and Proposed Rule," Federal Register, 6/17/10)