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Gerlach Votes to Stop $647 Billion Tax Hike, Clear Way for Real Health Care Reform

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) helped the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday pass legislation that would repeal the 2010 federal health care law and prevent 22 new taxes totaling $647 billion from taking a huge toll on American families and making it harder for businesses to hire workers.

The House passed H.R. 6079 by a 244-185 margin with five Democrats supporting a total repeal of the law championed by President Obama and Democrat leadership in the House and Senate.

"Families and businesses of all sizes are going to be paying billions more in taxes and as many 20 million American workers may lose the insurance coverage their employer currently provides if we allow this law to stay on the books," Gerlach said. "Very simply, this law is the wrong prescription for improving our health care system. It taxes too much, spends too much, and takes a big government approach that hinders the all-important doctor-patient relationship that is the fundamental foundation for good health care. We cannot start working on true, patient-focused and financially responsible reform without first repealing this law."

Among the 22 new taxes is one that jeopardizes thousands of manufacturing jobs here in the 6th District. A 2.3 percent gross receipts tax on medical devices made at companies such as Neuronetics and Fujirebio takes effect in January and will cost a total of $29 billion over the next decade.


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