Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 244-185 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which, among many things, mandates that every American prove on their tax returns that they have healthcare coverage. If the policy goes unaddressed, the Internal Revenue Service will be charged with enforcement of the laws and will administer penalties on those failing to meet all aspects of the mandate.
Following passage of the legislation to repeal Obamacare, Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement:
"Obamacare is one of history's most egregious examples of federal overreach. Our founding fathers would be horrified by the bill's assault on individual freedom and liberty. Certainly this is not what they intended when they drafted the Constitution and in fact, they sought to protect us against such intrusive policies when they established the 10th Amendment. Tragically federalism has evolved from being a guiding principle of decision making in Congress to merely a discussion or paper topic in classrooms. That is one of the biggest failures of both the House and Senate and in order to reinvigorate all that makes this country great, we have to empower the American people and reduce the power of the federal government. An essential part of those efforts is the repeal of Obamacare. I'm proud to support the passage of this measure and will continue to advocate for full repeal until we restore the ability of all Americans to choose how to best address their individual healthcare needs."