March 23rd marks the two year anniversary of the highly controversial Affordable Care Act, often referred to as ObamaCare. Since it was signed into law, information on the negative impact of the bill continues to come out. President Obama and Congressional Democrats promised the bill would create jobs and lower health care costs. Instead, many experts, including the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), expect the law will actually eliminate jobs. In addition, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and HRET, health insurance premiums for a family of four have risen more than $1000 annually since the law was passed.
"We all remember President Obama's promise that, "if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan," stated Westmoreland. "And now we all know that is, in fact, a lie. According to independent projections by the CBO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and McKinsey & Company, millions of Americans could actually lose their current plan and be forced under the government plan. As we mark the second anniversary of ObamaCare, I want everyone in Georgia's Third Congressional District to know that I will continue to fight to fully repeal this law and do everything I can to keep ObamaCare from turning three."
The anniversary falls on the eve of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the law. ObamaCare requires all Americans have government-approved health insurance, a mandate critics say dramatically oversteps the authority granted to the federal government in the U.S. Constitution. Congressman Westmoreland has joined 118 of his colleagues and submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court asking them to overturn the law.
"Look, we all know this law completely violates the U.S. Constitution," stated Westmoreland. "President Obama and Congressional Democrats can try to claim that it doesn't, but nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government the authority to demand U.S. citizens purchase something. I strongly encourage the Supreme Court to repeal ObamaCare. If they don't, this law opens the door to dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government, giving it the right to tell Americans they have to purchase broccoli or that they must pay for a gym membership because it's healthy for them."
House Republicans are continuing the fight to fully repeal this harmful law. In addition to passing legislation to fully repeal ObamaCare last year, they have also passed many other bills that repeal specific aspects within the law. Next week, the House will vote on the FY2013 Republican Budget that once again fully repeals ObamaCare.