At a press conference this morning, Speaker Boehner highlighted today’s House vote to fully repeal the president’s health care law that’s raising costs for American families and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Here’s more:
“Today the House is voting to repeal the president’s health care law because it’s increasing the cost of health insurance, reducing access to care, and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. This is the third full repeal vote that we’ve had in the last three years, and some critics have suggested it’s a waste of time.
“Well, while our goal is to repeal all of ObamaCare, I would remind you that the president has signed into law seven different bills that repealed or defunded parts of that law. Is it enough? No. Full repeal is needed to keep this law from doing more damage to our economy and raising health care costs.
“But some progress has been made, and Republicans will continue to work to scrap the law in its entirety so we can focus on patient-centered reforms that lower costs and protect jobs. Because jobs is what this is all about.”
At the press conference, Boehner displayed the “thousands and thousands of pages of ObamaCare regulations” – known around town as the red tape tower – saying, “If we want jobs, we need to get rid of this, because this is getting in the way of employers hiring workers around the country.”
According to a recent Gallup survey, 41% of small businesses report that “they have held off on hiring new employees and 38% have pulled back on plans to grow their business” in response to the law. A recent Energy & Commerce Committee report anticipates a “looming premium rate shock” hitting health care plans in the individual market with average rate hikes of 100 percent, and potential spikes as high as 400 percent.
Members of the president’s own party concede that ObamaCare is a “train wreck” and, as Speaker Boehner said today, “That’s why we’re continuing to be focused on repeal, because we want to improve the economy and improve the prospects for creating jobs in our country.”