Congressman Mark Amodei today voted in favor of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act, which passed the House 244 to 185. Amodei, who is a cosponsor of the bill, released the following statement:
"ObamaCare fails to accomplish real reform and instead harms health care, job creation, and the federal deficit at a time when our country can ill-afford such government-inflicted damage.
"ObamaCare will cause premiums to skyrocket, forcing millions of Americans off of their current coverage and putting unelected Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. With respect to the uninsured, ObamaCare drives up the cost of health care and takes us further away from real solutions to improve health care access.
"According to a survey by the non-partisan Doctor Patient Medical Association, 83 percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over ObamaCare, which would worsen the existing doctor shortage and threaten access for those who need it most, particularly in rural areas.
"As if these consequences were not bad enough, you hear every day in Nevada and across the country of small business owners who cannot hire and expand because of the increased regulatory costs and red tape of ObamaCare.
"The ObamaCare equation is simple: higher costs, more debt, fewer doctors, reduced access, fewer jobs, increased dependency on failed federal programs. This is not the answer to our health care crisis. It is making things worse, which is why I voted to repeal ObamaCare and will continue to work for patient-centered solutions to lower costs and to improve quality health care access for all Nevadans."
The individual mandate can now be added to the list of 20 other tax increases in ObamaCare, many of which come straight out of the pockets of middle class Americans.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised the cost estimate for ObamaCare from $900 billion to $1.76 trillion over 10 years.
CBO analysis also estimates that ObamaCare could cause 20 million people to lose their employee-sponsored insurance by 2019.
Since his special election to Congress in September 2011, Amodei has voted numerous times to repeal and to replace various provisions of ObamaCare. For more information on Amodei's voting record and support for health care reforms, go to health-care.