U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today released the following statement in response to a Ways and Means Hearing where Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified about the fiscal year 2013 budget:
"Today members of the Ways and Means Committee were finally able to ask Secretary Sebelius questions regarding President Obama's 2013 budget. Despite repeated promises by the president we're learning that Americans won't be able to "keep what they have" if they like their health care coverage. I hear from more and more constituents, even from my own relatives, about how they struggle to find doctors that will accept new Medicare patients. I'm even beginning to hear from doctors who intend to stop covering Medicare patients because quite simply, they can't afford it. Rather than lowering the cost of health care, the President's plan is increasing the cost of care for patients and changing the coverage that patients currently have and like.
"It's even more baffling to me that the Obama Administration fails to recognize its unprecedented infringement on the religious liberties guaranteed by the Constitution by not respecting rights of conscience laws when it comes to enacting the health care plan. Requiring employers to provide health care coverage that violates their religious beliefs or face government fines goes against our founding principles. Employers have no recourse. This is unacceptable."