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Obamacare Funding

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Location: Washington, DC

Hello--

The House recently passed a bill to continue funding the federal government through September 30, 2013.

Part of keeping the government running is funding federal agencies. Many of you called my office to share your concern that this bill might provide funding for the president's health care law.

For starters, House Republicans passed over 30 bills last Congress to reverse this law.

So does this bill pay for Obamacare? The truth is that most of the president's health care law falls under automatic -- or mandatory -- spending which was not addressed by this funding resolution.

There are parts of the law that Congress still has control over, such as funding for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Budgets for these agencies are actually lower in this resolution than they were before Obamacare, making it harder to put resources towards implementing the law.

Even more, the House-passed bill denied the Obama administration an additional $949 million they asked for to fund federal exchanges.

I do believe that we need to fix health care in America. Increasing your health care costs is not health care reform. Cutting Medicare $523 billion is not health care reform. Asking a 15-member handpicked board to make decisions for you is not health care reform.

Real health reform saves your family money, lets you pick a doctor, and gives you access to care.

Whose plan do you support?


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