House Key Vote: Support H.R. 2 & 9, Repeal and Replace ObamaCare
On behalf of more than 1.6 million Americans for Prosperity (AFP) activists in all 50 states, I urge you to repeal the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Act of 2010. These bills have substantive, procedural and constitutional flaws. AFP is proud to make the votes to repeal and replace these bills our first Key Votes of the 112th Congress.
I urge you to vote Yes on H.R. 2, a bill to repeal ObamaCare and the reconciliation bill, and H.R. 9, a bill to instruct committees to begin work crafting a bill to reform health care. AFP will rate both of these votes in our congressional ratings.
Substantively, ObamaCare is a clear example of the government spending spree that went unchecked in the 111th Congress. It is projected to cost $2.5 trillion during the first ten years the plan is fully implemented. The bill also places new burdens on employers by requiring businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health insurance. CBO estimates up to 5 million workers will be dropped from private insurance due to this provision. The new mandates have already spiked costs for businesses; dozens of well-known companies have received HHS waivers to avoid destroying millions of Americans’ coverage. It seems even if they like their coverage, they can no longer keep it.
Procedurally, the reconciliation package was a backhanded way to bypass the public outrage that made clean passage of the health care bill impossible. Following the earthquake election of Senator Scott Brown, the Democratic Party lost its chokehold on the Senate and was thus unable to pass the bill without the accompanying reconciliation package. The bill contained a 3.8 percent take hike on capital gains and decimated the private student loan industry, putting government in control of deciding who should receive higher education funding. Congress would do well to repeal both of these provisions.
The constitutional flaws in the health care bill are well known. The individual mandate is an application of the Commerce Clause never before seen in American history. The federal government is attempting to force individual citizens to buy a product from a private company for the first time. The Supreme Court will obviously have the final word on this matter. But the People’s branch need not wait for the Court’s verdict to repeal a provision that strikes at the heart of individual liberty. ObamaCare also strains the Equal Protection Clause by giving special treatment to Florida seniors by shielding them from the Medicare cuts that will affect the rest of the nation.
I urge you to vote Yes on H.R. 2 and H.R. 9. AFP will rate these in our congressional ratings.
Director of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity