Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today seized on an announcement that health insurance premiums in Ohio will increase by an average of 41 percent over last year as a result of disruptions in the state's competitive insurance market caused by President Obama's health care law, challenging President Obama's assertion that the law is "working fine." Yesterday, Boehner announced the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a series of votes this fall aimed at ending the president's health care law through a series of targeted legislative votes building on two bipartisan votes in the House this month to delay the law's employer and individual mandates.
"The announcement today in Ohio by Lt. Governor Taylor is irrefutable evidence that the president's health care law is not "working fine.' To the contrary, it is hurting our economy, driving up the cost of health care and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers," Boehner said. "It's time to repeal the law and take a step-by-step approach to health care reform that begins with lowering costs and protecting jobs."
"President Obama and congressional Democrats rammed this law through Congress three years ago. Since then they've been relying on a shaky coalition of Democrats to keep this unworkable law in place. But in recent weeks, we've seen what could be the beginning of the end for the coalition and the law," Boehner noted. "Earlier this month, nearly two dozen of our Democratic colleagues broke with the president and joined Republicans in voting to delay the individual mandate at the heart of the president's law. We will continue to have votes in the House that chip away at the legislative coalition the president and his allies have relied upon to keep this train wreck of a law on the books. While the president would like to pretend such votes are "meaningless,' the reality is that he has already signed seven such bills into law."
- In the coming weeks and months, Boehner said, the House plans to vote on:
- A bill by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to get the IRS out of the president's health care law;
- A bill to protect taxpayers by requiring verification for Obamacare subsidies;
- Legislation to stop IPAB, the Obama administration's health care rationing board, which even former DNC chairman Howard Dean says is a major problem;
- Legislation to get rid of the slush funds the president is using to implement the law;
- Other targeted bills aimed at fracturing the coalition of support that President Obama has used to keep the health care law in place.