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Many Reasons to Reject Health Care Bill

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Friday marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing his signature health care bill into law. While ramming the bill through Congress on the slimmest of margins, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the American people, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

Two years later the American people have learned exactly what is in the law, and they don't like it. A recently released poll found that a majority of Americans oppose Obamacare and over two-thirds believe the Supreme Court should either ditch the law or repeal the mandate that everyone purchase health insurance.

Meanwhile the list of the law's broken promises seems to grow longer each day.

The president promised that if you like your health plan you can keep it, yet his administration estimates up to 69 percent of all businesses could lose the ability to keep what they have as a result of regulations regarding so-called "grandfathered health plans."

Former Budget Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin warned that the law "provides strong incentives for employers -- and their employees -- to drop employer sponsored health insurance for as many as 35 million Americans."

President Obama promised not to cut Medicare, yet approximately seven million seniors will lose access to their Medicare Advantage plans under his law.

The president promised that his plan would not raise taxes on the middle class, but then he broke that pledge by adding more than $550 billion in new taxes and penalties in the law -- most of which will fall on the shoulders of the middle class.

The president promised that his health care law would not add one dime to the deficit. In reality, the law adds more than a dime or two. Obamacare is estimated to increase the deficit by more than $700 billion and cost taxpayers at least $2.6 trillion over 10 years.

The president promised that his plan will "lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government." Instead Obamacare raises premiums, increases health care costs and burdens state governments.

Nonpartisan experts from the Congressional Budget Office reported health insurance premiums will increase by an average of $2,100 per family policy as a result of the health care law. One study forecasted that the law will escalate national health care costs by $311 billion in the first 10 years alone.

Obamacare also forces states to expand Medicaid rolls, adding more pressure to deeply strained budgets. Indiana will have to absorb an estimated up to $3.1 billion in new costs over the next decade if the 1.2 million eligible Hoosiers enroll in Medicaid. Additionally, if the law is left in place, 40,000 Hoosiers may be dropped from the Healthy Indiana Plan, an innovative state-based, patient-centered health care plan.

Whether it's increasing health care costs, forcing Hoosiers out of health care plans, raiding Medicare or crippling state budgets, Obamacare represents one broken promise after another. The law has failed to drive down costs, failed to improve access and failed to ease the burden on states and the economy.

I have voted to repeal Obamacare and have supported efforts to defund and delay its implementation, but Senate Democrats have blocked these efforts. Today the Supreme Court will finish hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare and I hope the high court will agree with the majority of Americans that this law is unconstitutional.

Whether through congressional legislation or court action, Obamacare must be overturned and replaced with common-sense provisions that put patients in charge of health care decisions. Obamacare has proven to be the wrong prescription and it is time for a new treatment. Americans want reform that remedies our ailing health care system, not one that weakens it.


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