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Smith Votes to Repeal Obamacare


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) voted today to repeal the President's costly and ineffective government takeover of the health care sector. The Republican-led House of Representatives passed H.R. 45 by a vote of 229-195.

Congressman Smith, who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, is a cosponsor of the bill. This is the 37th time the House of Representatives has voted repeal all or some of the failed health care law.

Congressman Smith: "Three years after its enactment, one thing is clear about Obamacare: the law is a train wreck that will cost Americans trillions of dollars. As we approach the implementation deadline in 2014, President Obama's broken promises are piling up.

"The President promised that no families making less than $250,000 per year would see their taxes go up as a result of Obamacare. But Obamacare includes 21 new or higher taxes that will cost $1.1 trillion over the next decade.

"The President promised that families could save $2,500 on health care premiums. Instead, the average family premium has increased by over $3,000 since 2008.

"The President promised that he would not sign a plan that adds a single dime to the deficit. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, the 10-year estimate for the cost of Obamacare has doubled from $940 billion to $1.88 trillion.

"Congressional Democrats promised that Obamacare would create 400,000 jobs almost immediately. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will reduce the labor force by 800,000 over the next decade. That means 800,000 jobs will no longer be available for American workers.

"We now know that the so-called Affordable Care Act is not so affordable after all. Americans across the country are facing higher health insurance premiums, the loss of the health plans, lower wages, and less hiring and business expansion. We should repeal Obamacare and replace it with real reforms that reduce, rather than raise, health care costs for all Americans."

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