Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the House vote to repeal the president's health care law:
"When the president was pitching this health care law, he made a lot of promises. "If you like what you have you can keep it.' "It will not add a single dime to the deficit.' "This is absolutely not a tax increase,' and of course, "it will bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.'
"But the promise is far from the reality. It is now clear that 20 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based health coverage. When fully implemented, the law will cost $2.6 trillion, and add over $700 billion to the deficit. The average increase in family premiums doesn't go down $2,500 as the president said, it goes up $1,200.
"And if all that wasn't bad enough, this law contains over $675 billion in new taxes, with a dozen new taxes aimed at middle class families.
"We must remove this albatross on the economy. We will repeal and replace the health care law because the American people deserve better. They deserve patient-centered health care that they can afford. And the good news is, the American people will have the last word in November."