Congressman Rick Berg issued the following statement today following his vote in support of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 244 to 185.
"The simple fact remains: the massive government takeover of health care that President Obama forced on the American people, which the Supreme Court upheld as a tax, is not the right approach," stated Berg. "Seventy percent of North Dakotans did not want this $1.8 trillion government takeover of health care that cuts Medicare by $500 billion, places a panel of unelected bureaucrats in control of Medicare decisions, creates billions in new taxes on American families, and passes down a legacy of debt to our children and grandchildren. I will continue to fight back against President Obama and the Senate Democrats' massive government overreach and work on behalf of North Dakota to put patients and their doctors -- not government bureaucrats -- back in control of their health care decisions."
Berg has repeatedly expressed concern with the massive financial implications of Obamacare. Despite projected spending of more than two trillion dollars over the next 10 years, cutting Medicare by more than one-half trillion dollars over that period, and increasing taxes by over $800 billion dollars, the law does not lower health care costs. In fact, the law actually makes coverage more expensive for millions of Americans.
The average American family already paid a premium increase of approximately $1,200 in the year following the passage of Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that health insurance premiums for individuals buying private health coverage on their own will increase by $2,100 in 2016 compared to what the premiums would have been in 2016 if the law had not passed.
To date, Berg has voted on two separate occasions to fully repeal Obamacare. Additionally, he has voted over 30 times to repeal individual components of the law.