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Obamacare: Two Years Later

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On this second anniversary of President Obama's assault on our nation's health care system - a mandated takeover of 1/6th of our nation's economy - we can see the president's overhaul did nothing to make our citizens healthier and protect them from harm. Rather, Obamacare is and remains a redistribution of control. Its primary objective is to take healthcare decisions away from physicians and hospitals and place them in the hands of bureaucrats within the federal government.

I ran for office to defund, dismantle, repeal and replace Obamacare, and over the past 15 months, I have worked with my colleagues in the House to do just that.

Here is a quick recap of those efforts:

* On January 19, 2011, one of my first votes in the 112th Congress was for H.R.2, to repeal Obamacare. Since then I have voted to defund and dismantle it.

* Last year, I co-sponsored H.R.4 the "Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011," to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement of Obamacare that threatened to further burden many struggling small businesses. The President signed it into law in April.

* I also voted for and the House passed H.R. 1217 to repeal the slush fund created under Obamacare that allowed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to spend $17 billion dollars without Congressional oversight.

Repealing IPAB

This week, I was proud to announce the successful passage of H.R. 5 to repeal the Independent Patient Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB was created under Obamacare to slash Medicare spending by restricting health care services from seniors in need. By repealing IPAB, we will restore the doctor-patient relationship and protect our seniors from ceding this relationship to a board of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats - who would have power over their health and the lives of millions of other Americans.

Earlier this week, I joined fellow House freshmen in a press conference to talk about the IPAB repeal. Click on the image below to watch video from that press conference.

Read more about the legislation to repeal IPAB on this page of my website.

The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal

It has been over 1000 days since Senate Democrats have produced a budget. In that time, President Obama has added over 5 trillion dollars to the national debt. The president's budget calls for even more spending and more debt.

The approach the president and Democrats in Congress have taken is grossly irresponsible. Their refusal to seriously address the problems we face is inexcusable and has real consequences for American families, seniors and future generations.

House Republicans believe it is morally wrong to ignore the most predictable crisis in U.S. history. We have a choice between two paths and two futures. One path leads to additional debt and continued decline. The other path is to a stronger, more prosperous future with less debt, lower taxes and greater opportunity for generations to come.

This week on my blog, I wrote about the Path to Prosperity and provide links to the full text of the budget plan, as well supporting information such as summary comparison tables and charts.


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