U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), a cosponsor of H.R. 45, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's legislation to repeal Obamacare, today released the following statement after the House passed the bill 229 to 195 votes:
"Today marks the third time that the Republican-led House has voted to fully repeal Obamacare since it was passed in 2010," said Rep. Broun. "While I applaud action finally being taken for the first time in the 113th Congress, this should have been our number one priority on the first day of the new session. The 113th Congress began in January. It's May -- and it's about time
"Every day premiums are going up. Every day a new part of this deplorable healthcare law goes into effect. Every day patients are finding that they can no longer afford their healthcare plans due to this law's onerous new regulations. So I ask my colleagues, why are we not acting -- every day -- to protect Americans from this attack on their freedom?
"We're starting to see the wheels truly fall off of Obamacare. We now know that it will cost double what the President originally promised, that you can't keep your plan if you like it, and that CMS can't scrape up the money to implement state-based exchanges. Even some of the original authors of Obamacare, like Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, have admitted that this bill is "a huge train wreck.'
"We must continue to keep up the pressure on the Senate, the Administration, and the President to rip this healthcare nightmare out by the roots, and start over with healthcare reform that makes sense. We need to pass my Patient OPTION Act, which I am currently re-drafting, as a way to make healthcare cheaper for everyone, provide coverage for all Americans, and save Medicare from going broke."