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Republican Women, Medical Professionals Urge #FullRepeal of ObamaCare
“We are more determined than ever to repeal this law,” said Republican Conference Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in a press conference responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare. McMorris Rodgers was joined by several Republican women and medical professionals who outlined how President Obama’s health care law is jeopardizing access to care and driving up costs (which makes it harder for small businesses to hire), and reiterated Republicans’ commitment to repeal.
The Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare “is a tax,” said McMorris Rodgers. And because of that, the “controversial health care law could end up costing taxpayers up to half-a-trillion dollars more than originally thought,” reports the Washington Free Beacon.
While the overall cost to taxpayers rises, policy analyst Grace Marie Turner says “[h]ospitals, doctors, businesses and consumers all expect health costs to rise under the law” too.
“As a mom and a wife making health care decisions, like many families in America,” said McMorris Rodgers, “we have already seen our premiums skyrocket...”
Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), an ophthalmologist, said her colleagues in the medical field are “very concerned about their ability to deliver the care that their patients deserve” under ObamaCare. She pointed specifically to the “half a trillion dollars” Democrats cut out of Medicare to fund a massive new entitlement program, and said it “directly compromises” patients’ “access to care.”
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) has heard the same thing from her constituents. She says physicians, seniors, and nurses all “come to me and say, this law is bad, it is going to bankrupt us, it is going to affect the way we are able to provide care for our patients.”
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a nurse who “came to Washington because of ObamaCare,” highlighted the law’s rationing board of “15 bureaucratic, unaccountable individuals who will make healthcare decisions for our seniors and for our citizens.” The Wall Street Journal said the board will impose “harsher and more arbitrary price controls” that put “limits on the care patients are allowed to receive.”
ObamaCare “has to be ripped out by its roots,” Speaker John Boehner told CBS News this morning. “The American people do not want to go down this path. They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don’t like it we’re going to tax you. It has to be ripped out and we need to start over. One step at a time.” The House will vote to repeal the president’s health care law on July 11.