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Statement on Health Care Vote


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U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH) today voted for repeal of the new health care law with hopes that it will spur bipartisan cooperation to replace provisions and improve the law.

The bill passed by a vote of 245 to 189, but LaTourette said its fate in the Senate is uncertain. He said he continues to support parts of the law, some with solid bipartisan backing.

"We should keep the good, like pre-existing conditions and letting kids stay on parents' plans, and get rid of 1,900 pages that raise taxes, impose higher costs and cost jobs," LaTourette said.

LaTourette lamented that the bill was written behind closed doors and fears many will lose their employer-provided plans. He said the bill ballooned from an effort to help the uninsured into a massive and complicated effort that will harm seniors and small businesses and place additional budgetary stress on states.

He said he's troubled some don't believe the law can be improved. One of the main provisions - the mandate that people get insurance from state exchanges - doesn't happen until 2014. It is currently mired in lawsuits questioning its constitutionality, and the IRS has indicated it might need $5 to $10 billion to implement this and three other health care provisions in the law.

LaTourette also questioned some priorities in the new law.

"The law is far from perfect when nutritional labeling of donuts is imminent, but it will take a decade to close the donut hole for seniors with high drug costs. We can and should do better."

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