Today marks the two-year anniversary of the president authorizing his signature health reform package. During the divisive health care debate, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it." But the more Americans learn about this act, the more they dislike the president's reforms.
The so-called "Affordable Care Act," commonly referred to as ObamaCare, spends $1.445 trillion, reduces Medicare benefits $523 billion and raises taxes $569 billion, all the while failing to decrease health expenses and protect middle-class jobs. Further, the law jeopardizes Medicare Advantage plans for seniors, penalizes job creators and limits states' flexibility in managing their Medicaid programs.
House Republicans have voted 25 times to repeal, defund or dismantle this broken law. In fact, our efforts have halted three of the act's programs, including the elimination of a crippling new 1099 paperwork mandate and the cancellation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board -- a 15-member panel handpicked by the president that robs Congress of its governing authority.
True health reform focuses on access to care, protects the patient-doctor relationship and lowers insurance premiums through increased competition and choice. This is why House Republicans have attempted to repeal and replace this flawed law with patient-centered improvements that protect individuals with pre-existing conditions and allow employees to keep their insurance if they change jobs.
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