Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the House voted to begin replacing the job-destroying health care law with common-sense reforms that lower costs and protect jobs:

“The House has acted to begin the important work of replacing the job-destroying health care law with common-sense reforms that lower costs and protect jobs.  The American people deserve a thorough and forward-looking discussion of the health care
law’s impact on our economy and how best to replace it with reforms that reflect their priorities.  This discussion should take into account all the concerns that have been expressed about the job-destroying health care law, including those of the 200 economists who have called it a ‘barrier to job creation’ and urged its repeal.  I am confident our committees will work openly and efficiently, allowing members of both parties – and more importantly, their constituents – to be heard.”

NOTE:  Under H. Res. 9, the Committees on Education & the Workforce, Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, and Judiciary are instructed to develop legislation to:

  • “Foster economic growth and private sector job creation;”
  • “Lower health care premiums;”
  • “Preserve a patient’s ability to keep his or her health insurance;”
  • “Provide people with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health coverage;”
  • “Reform the medical liability system;”
  • “Increase the number of insured Americans;”
  • “Protect the doctor-patient relationship;”
  • “Provide States greater flexibility to administer Medicaid programs;”
  • “Expand incentives to encourage personal responsibility for health care coverage and costs;”
  • “Prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and provide conscience protections for health care providers;”
  • “Eliminate duplicative government programs and wasteful spending;” or
  • “Do not accelerate the insolvency of entitlement programs or increase the tax burden on Americans.”