Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 45, repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The bill passed by a vote of 229-195 and represents the 37th time Palazzo has voted for repeal.
"There are as many reasons to repeal Obamacare as there are pages in the law. Even Democrats who supported passage in 2010 are now calling it a "train wreck' and "the most complex piece of legislation ever passed.' It's confusing for small businesses attempting to comply with the law and it's costing Americans hundreds of billions in taxes. The IRS scandal which improperly targeted conservative groups is the latest reason. How can Americans feel confident about Obamacare going forward if they can't even trust the agency tasked with enforcing this massive law? That is why I am voting again to repeal Obamacare, and that is why I will continue to push my Right to Refuse legislation. Both of these measures would take the power out of the hands of the IRS and place it back in the hands of the American people."
Palazzo introduced H.J. Res 28, the "Right to Refuse" amendment in February as a way to reverse Obamacare's individual mandate tax and as a permanent protection against taxes that would punish those who refuse to purchase goods or services. To date, it has 16 cosponsors and has been endorsed by conservative groups such as the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), R Street Institute, American Commitment, and the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF).