As I've traveled around the 23rd District of Texas, one of the top issues I have heard about over and over is Obamacare. Whether it's families concerned that Obamacare will put Washington in charge of their health care and decrease its quality, small business owners who have no idea how they will comply with Obamacare's mandates and new taxes, or seniors concerned about Obamacare's raid on Medicare, I've heard how bad Obamacare is for the American people, their health care, and the economy.
Unfortunately for America's seniors, recent news has shown Obamacare to be worse than previously thought. Seniors already knew that Obamacare cut Medicare by over $500 billion to pay for other spending in the law, threatening their access to health care. Recently, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new estimate of the magnitude of Obamacare's cuts to Medicare. In this new estimate, CBO predicts that Obamacare will cut Medicare by an even larger $716 billion. With these new numbers, seniors have learned that Obamacare's cut to Medicare is even worse and is putting access to their health care further into jeopardy.
There is no doubt that Obamacare is bad for America, and it needs to be repealed. That's why I'm proud that one of my first votes in the House of Representatives was to repeal Obamacare entirely. Even though full repeal has been blocked in the United States Senate by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), that doesn't mean the House hasn't tried to get rid of Obamacare in any way we can. In fact, I've proudly voted in the House to repeal or roll Obamacare back in some form or fashion nearly 30 times.
While Obamacare is not the solution for health care reform, there is no doubt that we need to reform health care in America. Those I visit with in the 23rd District of Texas tell me they want affordable and accessible heath care. We can reform health care in a way that is patient-centered and offers more choices, greater accessibility and increased quality. We can get there, but not until Obamacare is completely repealed.