Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) voted to stop a massive tax increase on middle class Americans and small businesses. Rep. Walsh, along with 243 other members of Congress, voted to repeal the President's far-reaching health care reform law, which remains widely unpopular among the American people. Last month, the Supreme Court affirmed that the health care law is one of the largest tax increases in American history, and it hits the middle class the hardest. The House passed a full repeal of PPACA today to get rid of this tax and replace it with patient-centered reforms that will lower health care costs and increase the quality of care.
"As chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access," said Walsh, "I have seen and heard how the President's health care reform law has increased premiums, limited choice, killed jobs, and forced health care providers to leave the profession. Now, it is clear that it is also a massive tax increase on the middle class."
The President's health care bill creates 21 new taxes, including 12 that will only hit middle class Americans making less than $250,000 a year. It has increased insurance premiums for the average family by $1,200, and since it was passed two years ago, more than 12,000 pages of regulations have been written to implement the law. These taxes and regulations are already affecting millions of individuals, families, and small businesses.
"I know how hard it is for American families to get access to quality, affordable health care," said Walsh. "I did not accept the gold-plated health plan available to me as a Member of Congress. I purchased my insurance on the open market. I know firsthand that a full repeal is the only way to implement patient-centered reforms--TORT reform, Health Saving Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts, and the sale of insurance across state lines--that will increase health care quality and reduce costs for everyone."