The U.S. House of Representatives today passed. H. Res. 59, a bill to continue funding the federal government through December 15, 2013, by a vote of 230 to 189. Included in this continuing resolution (CR) was a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare, which is scheduled to go into effect on October 1, 2013. Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in favor of the legislation, and issued the following statement afterwards:
"One of the most fundamental jobs Congress has is to pass legislation to fund the government, and today the Republican - led House did just that; passing a fiscally responsible CR that keeps the government running. Having been around during the last government shut down in the 90's, I saw firsthand the detrimental effects it can have on the country, and we cannot afford to go down that road again," Rep. Young said. "Today the House also voted to defund Obamacare, one of the worst pieces of legislation passed out of Congress during my 40 years in Washington. Since the law's passage in 2009, the Administration has issued nearly 20,000 pages of regulations associated with Obamacare that will crush Alaskan households under a mountain of red tape. In Alaska, health insurance premiums for people purchasing health insurance on the individual market are expected to increase by 30% to 80%, an increase Alaskans simply cannot afford.
"It is now time for the Senate to put up or shut up, and show the American people where they stand on the President's tragically flawed government takeover of health care."