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Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. NOEM. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today for the first time on the floor of the United States House of Representatives to make a case for a very important piece of legislation, namely H.R. 2, the health care repeal bill.

Mr. Speaker, there are a multitude of reasons why this law should be repealed, but the most important is because it is a major impediment to job creation for small businesses and job creators in South Dakota and across this country. According to one study, an employer mandate alone could lead to the elimination of 1.6 million jobs between 2009 and 2014, with 66 percent of those coming from small businesses.

Mr. Speaker, one of the most important jobs and job-creation measures that we can do this year is to repeal this bill and to replace it with commonsense policies that actually lower costs for families and for small businesses, expand access for affordable care, and protect American jobs. What I heard time and time again on the campaign trail last year from South Dakota's small business owners is that they are simply waiting. They are waiting to hire another worker or to invest in new technology because of the looming threat of this health care law.

Whether it's a foundry owner in northeastern South Dakota or a motorcycle parts manufacturer in central South Dakota, the refrain is the same: get the government off our backs, and we'll be the small business job-creation engine that this country so desperately needs right now.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to listen to the citizens of this great country on this important issue.


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