Congressman David Rivera released the following statement regarding the vote by the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Today the House of Representatives voted once again to repeal the job-killing health care law. Last month's Supreme Court decision confirmed the worry that this law is a tax hike that the American people can't afford.
"The job-killing health care law places a heavy burden on job creators and American families. In fact, the average American family will pay $1,200 more per year in heath care premiums following the enactment of the law. It imposes new taxes on the American people, wildly grows federal spending, and impedes hiring-- things we can ill-afford as our national debt nears $16 trillion and the unemployment rate has been at eight percent or more for 41 consecutive months. This irresponsible bill imposes onerous costs and regulations on small businesses, guts benefits for seniors and the disabled and leaves future generations holding the bag.
"We took this vote today because it is in the best interest of our nation's economy to repeal the job-killing health care law and to replace it with common sense reforms that address what is wrong with America's health insurance system. We must pass legislation that lower costs and protect American jobs, not threaten them. We must move toward a system that welcomes patient choice and flexibility, instead of more government involvement, by ensuring Americans the ability to make medical decisions without bureaucratic interference.
"Repealing the job-killing, tax-hiking health care law would provide the opportunity to implement lasting health care reform that gets Washington out of the way and gives Americans control over their medical decisions."