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Berg Statement on Two Year Anniversary of President Obama Signing Health Care Overhaul into Law


Location: Washington, DC

Two years ago, President Barack Obama signed into law a government health care overhaul that raises costs for American families, increases regulatory burdens on small businesses, and threatens seniors' access to affordable care.

Since then, Congressman Rick Berg has been fighting to repeal, defund, and dismantle the law and its most egregious provisions. Berg helped lead House efforts to repeal the law last year, efforts that were ultimately blocked in the Democrat Senate.

Berg has also helped lead efforts to repeal the health care law's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats empowered to make decisions regarding Medicare payments, which could reduce seniors' access to treatments and services in Medicare. With Berg's support, the House voted yesterday to repeal this board.

In response to the two-year anniversary of the President's health care overhaul being signed into law, Congressman Rick Berg released the following statement:

"Two years ago, President Obama and Washington Democrats forced a costly, unworkable health care overhaul upon the American people, claiming that they had to pass the bill so that Americans could find out what was in it. Well, over the past two years, we've found out what's in it. And the more we learn, the worse it is.

"The President's health care overhaul puts new costs upon America's small businesses and families and threatens our seniors' access to affordable care by cutting $500 billion from Medicare and putting an unelected board of bureaucrats in charge of making decisions affecting Medicare services and payment.

"The House has taken significant steps over the last year to remove the worst components of the President's health care law. In total, we have voted 26 times to repeal, defund, or dismantle portions of Obamacare. Yet all our progress has been stopped in its tracks by the Senate.

"Yesterday, we voted to repeal the IPAB Board, an unelected, unaccountable board of government bureaucrats that the President's health care law empowers to make Medicare payment decisions that would directly affect seniors' access to care. My wife, Tracy, is a family practice doctor, and without a doubt, this unelected board of bureaucrats would put government directly between doctors and their patients.

"We've also voted to repeal Obamacare's 1099 filing mandate, secret slush funds, and Washington style budget gimmicks. And next week, the Supreme Court will start hearing a case filed by 26 states, including North Dakota, challenging the constitutionality of the health care law's individual mandate.

"Two years have passed since Obamacare was forced through Congress behind closed doors, and everything we've seen unfold since then is exactly what North Dakotans feared in the first place: more government overreach, higher costs, and decreased access for our seniors.

"I will continue working to give North Dakotans what they have spent two years asking for by fighting to put an end to the President's burdensome and costly health care overhaul, and replace it with real reforms that protect our seniors and ensure patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats, are in charge of health care decisions."

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