U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott voted on Wednesday to repeal the health care reform legislation that was signed into law last year, arguing the new law was too big, too costly and not right for Arkansas. H.R. 2, the bill repealing the health care reform law, passed the U.S. House of Representatives and must now be considered by the U.S. Senate. Ross has consistently opposed the new health care law, voting against the bill each time it was presented on the House floor in 2009 and 2010.
"I have said from the beginning that I believe we absolutely need health care reform, but we need commonsense health care reform that reflects Arkansas values," said Ross. "This law was more than 2,000 pages, cut Medicare by half a trillion dollars, placed huge unfunded mandates on our states and authorized the IRS to fine people who can't afford to buy health insurance. An overwhelming majority of my constituents continue to oppose this health care reform law and I believe we should repeal it, start over and listen to the majority of the American people -- not the special interests and party leaders in Washington."
H.R. 2 would immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, both of which the President signed into law last year.
"The American people expect us to work together in a bipartisan way, especially on something as important and as comprehensive as health care reform," said Ross. "Health care reform should be about containing the skyrocketing costs of health care and ensuring access to affordable, quality insurance for all Americans. That's why we need to repeal the bill, start over and work together in a bipartisan and commonsense way to pass meaningful reforms that increases coverage, holds insurance companies accountable and reduces the cost of health care."