Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) today announced he joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to repeal the health care bill passed last year.
"I voted for the health care repeal bill because doing otherwise would support the job-destroying status quo and that is unacceptable," Stivers said. "Americans need a better health care solution than the law passed by Congress last year."
The House Republicans brought a simple, two-page bill to repeal the health care law to the House floor for an up or down vote on Wednesday. There were no amendments included in the bill. While Stivers spoke out against parts of the health care bill including the mandates, high cost of the plan and 1099 provision, he did acknowledge the bill had some good aspects including ensuring coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing those up to 26 years old to stay on their parents insurance.
"While I recognize that there is a good chance the Senate and the President will not support the repeal legislation; that does not mean that we should not move forward on this important issue," Stivers said. "Bill by bill, I am committed to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner. We can find common ground on the parts of health care reform we agree on, such as further improving accessibility for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing those up to 26 years old to stay on their parents' insurance and we can focus on eliminating the portions of the bill that stifle job creation, such as the burdensome mandates and 1099 requirements in the legislation."