Today, Rep. Ralph M. Hall (TX-04) voted in favor of H.R. 45, To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health-care related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The bill passed the House, 229-195. After the vote, Rep. Hall released the following statement:
"I have always supported a full repeal of "Obamacare,' and I continue to look for ways to cut this bad law's funding at every opportunity. Today marks House Republicans' 37th vote to fully or partially repeal or defund "Obamacare.' While seven of these bills are now public laws that directly cut funding from "Obamacare' provisions, "Obamacare' remains a bad law that must be fully repealed. Even Senator Max Baucus, a designer of President Obama's health care law, believes a "huge train wreck [is] coming down' with the law's full implementation set to begin next year.
"Family premiums have grown by $3,000 since 2008, in direct contrast to the President's promise that families could save $2,500. Over 30 studies predict premiums will continue to become more unaffordable once full implementation of "Obamacare' kicks in next year. This doesn't just impact people with higher incomes -- individuals earning as little as $25,000 will pay more for insurance. Clearly, the President's promises that his health care law would lower costs are false.
"'Obamacare' is also negatively impacting job growth and our economy. On March 6, the Federal Reserve reported "Employers in several Districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff." Many small businesses are reducing staff to under 50 employees, as well as reducing workers' hours so they can be considered "part-time,' in order to be exempt from providing health care.
"Americans deserve responsible health care reform, which is why I continue to work to defund as much of "Obamacare' as possible and replace it with common sense solutions: eliminating job-killing policies and regulations, lowering health care premiums through increased competition and choice, all while preserving the patient's ability to keep his or her health plan if he or she likes it."