Starting in January of 2014, a new annual tax will be imposed on "most of the country's 5.8 million small businesses and 15 million self-employed individuals," according to the National Federal of Independent Business. The new tax is disguised as a tax on "health insurers." Though it may look like insurers are bearing the burdens of this tax because they physically write the checks, the nonpartisan CBO rightly warned Congress that the new tax "would be largely passed through to consumers in the form of higher premiums for private coverage." I'm a cosponsor of legislation to repeal this new tax. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,986-1,993
I support an open and deliberative debate about ways in which our health care system can be reformed at the federal level. I believe the few good ideas in ObamaCare should be added to a new bill that is not 2,400 pages and which the American people have been given an opportunity to read, study, and give input on before Congress votes on it. I stand by the idea that it's absolutely imperative that we repeal ObamaCare and replace it with the best ideas from the current law combined with patient-centered, patient-controlled reforms that would make access easier and costs lower.