After the House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2010 health care law, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today turned his attention to three Senate repeal amendments. Johanns' first priority is full repeal, which one of the amendments would accomplish; the Hatch-Johanns amendment would repeal the individual mandate tax from the law; another amendment would strip a job-killing tax on medical devices. Johanns is a cosponsor of all three amendments, which have been filed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's tax legislation currently on the Senate floor.
"I applaud the House of Representatives for its continued effort to strike this law from the books," Johanns said. "The health care law will lead to higher taxes, bloated federal health care costs, and increased health insurance premiums across the board. It is bad policy, and I strongly support striking the law once and for all. Until then, we should make every effort to minimize its damage to patient care and the household budgets of every American.
"We now have an opportunity to take immediate action to prevent some of the health care law's crushing tax hikes from taking effect. We shouldn't raise taxes in this economy, period. The Hatch-Johanns repeal of the individual mandate as well as a repeal of the job-crushing medical device tax are two ways to prevent American families and small businesses from seeing another tax hike as a result of this law. I hope partisanship is set aside to prevent these tax hikes."
The individual mandate in the health care law requires every American to buy government-approved health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court recently defined this mandate as a tax.
The medical devices tax, according to the Administration's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), would "be passed through to health consumers in the form of higher device prices."
The full repeal would eliminate all new taxes and regulations associated with the health care law.