U.S. Sen. David Vitter today joined 46 other senators in supporting an amendment that would have repealed Obamacare.
"Although the repeal amendment didn't pass today, the fight is not over, and I will continue to push my own repeal legislation in the Senate," said Vitter. "Obamacare is unconstitutional, raises taxes and premiums, cuts Medicare by half a trillion dollars and puts government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. Instead of this big-government approach, we need the targeted, common-sense reforms I've laid out with others to dramatically reduce costs and make health services more accessible."
Vitter spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon in support of repealing Obamacare. You can watch the video here:
Vitter recently reintroduced his legislation to fully repeal Obamacare. His bill actually goes further than the bill voted on today and repeals the entire bill including the government takeover of student loans.
In Case You Missed It: Sen. David Vitter says total repeal of health care law is needed
Sen. David Vitter says total repeal of health care law is needed
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
By Jonathan Tilove, The Times-Picayune
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said on the Senate floor Wednesday that the new health care law is rotten at its core and must be repealed in its entirety. But he said that more targeted changes, like one keeping insurance companies from denying people coverage based on preexisting conditions, could follow.
Vitter spoke toward the end of a day of Senate debate on repeal that was scheduled to lead to a procedural vote on the matter Wednesday evening.
Vitter, who introduced a repeal measure the day after the Affordable Care Act passed the Senate, and reintroduced it the first day he could this session, followed Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist Independent from Vermont, who said that while "I am the first to admit it is not the best bill we could have passed," it was unconscionable to repeal it outright.
To do so, he said, would "continue the odious process of denying health care by insurance companies to people who have preexisting conditions." He also said that, "right now 60 million Americans have no health insurance, and at time when states all over this country are wrestling with huge budget deficits," many millions more will join the ranks of the uninsured.
"To say we should return to where we were is beyond comprehension," Sanders said.
But, Vitter said, "we want full repeal of Obamacare for a simple reason -- the big problem with the bill, the big problem with the plan aren't at the margins, they are the core, and the big problems can't be fixed with ... changing a comma, or changing the punctuation or revising one or two or five or 10 sentences. The big problems are at the core, with the demand that every man, woman and child in the nation has to go onto the market and buy a particular product."
"That's why we demand repeal," said Vitter, who said "we will be replacing this huge burdensome bill with a targeted approach."
Beyond the constitutional questions, Vitter said the bill would cost jobs, increase costs, and lead to seniors in Louisiana and elsewhere to lose some of their existing Medicare benefits.