Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) applauded the passage of Senate amendments to H.R. 3762, a budget "reconciliation" bill that repeals critical components of Obamacare. The bill also places a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding. The bill will now go to President Obama's desk.
"Obamacare is a massive federal takeover of our health care industry that takes away choices from people and limits our freedom, " Palmer said. "What's more, it has been a failure. When Obamacare was passed, the American people were told if they liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor. They were told that medical care costs would be cut. They were told that Obamacare would reduce the deficit. They were told that premium prices would drop. They were told that it would not fund abortion, nor force anyone to violate their conscience. We now know the opposite of all these things is true.
"The House has voted to repeal Obamacare before, but because of opposition by Senate Democrats, it has never gone further. Now, through the reconciliation process, both bodies voted to repeal major components of Obamacare and send it to President Obama's desk.
"I have no illusions about whether the President will sign the bill. But by putting this in front of him, Congress has proven it has the will and the ability to repeal Obamacare, and put that choice before the American people when it comes time to elect a new President."
H.R. 3762 would repeal the individual and employer mandates, repeal all tax hikes associated with the original legislation, repeal Medicaid expansion, premium tax credits, and cost-sharing subsidies after two years.
Palmer previously supported a stand-alone bill that placed a moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding.