Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D. (NY-19) released the following statement this afternoon after the House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2010 health care law in a 244-185 vote.
"Many of you know that I'm a doctor. In fact, I'm the only female physician who's also a Member of Congress. I had the privilege of practicing medicine for 16 years in our Hudson Valley. As a doctor, I fully endorse the goals of the 2010 health law because I believe that every American should have access to good health care and to affordable and portable health insurance.
"And as a Member of Congress, I have a responsibility to my constituents and our country. We have an economy that is critically in need of healing. Roughly 24 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. This is not the time to impose two trillion dollars of Washington-generated cost when we already have a massive debt that we cannot afford. This is nothing short of economic malpractice. We can and must do better.
"Repealing and replacing the 2010 health law will provide immediate relief for the millions of Americans who are desperate to find jobs. I've talked with small business owners across our Hudson Valley who want to hire and grow but simply cannot when they are faced with the masses of new taxes, penalties, and choking red tape coming now from Washington.
"Today's vote to repeal the 2010 health care law was not symbolic. It is the will of the American people, and I urge the President and Senate to follow suit. Heed the will of the American people, and repeal this law now and replace it with a common-sense plan that puts our citizens, not the federal government, at the center of health care."