In the walk up to passage of the controversial health care legislation last year, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." A year after it was signed into law Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) argues that the more the American people learn, the more they favor repealing it.
"Our worst fears about ObamaCare are being realized," said Kingston. "From its job-killing regulations to the unsustainable growth in health care costs, the bill is so flawed that the Obama Administration has issued more than 1,000 waivers from its own legislation! ObamaCare is the wrong prescription for our health care system because it ignores the underlying problems with the system. We can and should do better. Let's abandon this failed plan by repealing and replacing it with real reforms that bring down the cost of care without growing the size of government."
Kingston is not alone in that sentiment. A majority of states -- Georgia included -- are suing to overturn it and, according to the most recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, 53% of Americans favor repealing the law.
The Obama Administration's own figures paint an equally dismal picture. Last year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that, "national health expenditures under [ObamaCare] would increase by a total of $311 billion." Despite the increased costs, the report also showed 23 million people would be left uninsured in 2019.
In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 69% - or around 87 million -- of those who currently get health coverage from their employer will be forced to change their insurance. This despite President Obama's pledge in 2009 that, "if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan."
To date Kingston has voted for legislation that would repeal and replace the controversial law. He also voted separately to defund it and for a bill he cosponsored to prevent the devastating 1099 requirement. At present he is working with Reps. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Steve King (R-IA), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on standalone legislation to repeal the $105 billion in advance appropriations that was snuck into the bill.
"This law was intentionally written to make it hard for Congress to defund or repeal it but I won't be discouraged," Kingston said. "That's why I'm fighting on every front and why I'll continue working to replace it with commonsense solutions that increase access to quality, affordable and patient-centered health care."