Today, on the second anniversary of President Obama signing his healthcare reform legislation into law, Congressman John Sullivan offered the following statement:
"Today marks a sad day for Americans. Two years ago today, President Obama failed to listen to the American people and signed into law his unconstitutional overhaul of our healthcare system. Two years later, the consensus is still the same: this law is bad for patients, bad for doctors, bad for small businesses and a disaster for our struggling economy. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare could result in millions losing their workplace coverage, cost us almost one million jobs, and force premiums to rise in the individual market by $2,100 per family. Even more disturbing, the CBO has confirmed that the cost of Obamacare has nearly DOUBLED to 1.8 trillion over the next 10 years!
Fortunately, my Republican colleagues in the House and I are working to repeal this massively -flawed law piece by piece and replace it with common-sense reforms. On top of voting unanimously to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, we have managed to repeal costly and unsustainable provisions resulting in saving taxpayers more than $52 billion. Yesterday, we passed H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act. This bill would eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision within Obamacare, which proposes to reduce Medicare costs on the backs of the very people served by the program. Under these provisions, our access to the treatments we want will likely be restricted and our personal healthcare decisions will essentially be surrendered to 15 unelected bureaucrats, unaccountable to the American people, and potentially lacking healthcare credentials of any kind. Programs like IPAB are yet another attempt by the Obama Administration to put government bureaucrats in control of our healthcare system, which is why I voted to repeal IPAB. My Republican colleagues and I recognize that our personal health care choices should never be made on our behalf by either government bureaucrats or an unelected board; they should be left between individuals and their trusted medical professional.
I will continue to work hard in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare piece by piece if necessary. We must implement a healthcare system that works for ALL Americans without costly, unconstitutional government mandates that destroy jobs and infringe on our constitutional rights. We can and will do better for Americans."