Working to repeal, replace, and defund the health care lawPosted by Randy | April 12, 2011
As the nation recently marked the one year anniversary of the passage of the controversial health care law, I hear from many Americans about the cost of the legislation, not just to our nation but to their own pocketbooks.
Some Americans like Buddy Zaremba, a print shop owner from Manchester, New Hampshire, are now paying premiums 37% higher than they were in 2010. In fact, 200 prominent economists agree that the current health care law has done little to lower premiums and is threatening business and placing a crushing debt on future Americans.
Earlier this year, I joined 245 of my colleagues in voting to repeal and replace the job-killing health care bill signed into law by the President last year. After the Senate refused to join the House in rolling back the health care law, I began working with my colleagues to take steps to curtail massive spending aimed at implementing the controversial health care law. Here are some of the actions I’ve taken in the past several weeks:
Introduced the Prevent IRS Overreach Act of 2011.
This bill would prohibit a massive expansion of the IRS that would be necessary to enforce the health care law. The bill would prevent the IRS from hiring or designating any personnel to force millions of American families and small businesses to comply with onerous healthcare regulations, including the unconstitutional mandate to purchase the health insurance. Some estimates predicted that as many as 16,000 new IRS agents would be needed to enforce the law—this bill would put a stop to that all together.
Kept taxpayer funds from being used to implement the health care law.
I voted to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay any government worker to implement the provisions of the health care law. If the President and Senate won’t agree to repeal the law, then the House must lead the way in defunding it because I believe that this law is not only flawed, but more importantly, it is fundamentally unconstitutional.
Called for expedited resolution to lawsuits challenging the health care law.
I introduced a House Resolution and a bill calling for an expedited resolution to lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the health care law in order to provide certainty for employers, individuals, healthcare providers, and state and local governments.
Backed Virginia’s legal challenge to the health care law.
I joined 48 colleagues in signing an amicus brief backing Virginia’s legal challenge to the health care law. U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson in Richmond ruled in favor of Virginia in December concluding the individual mandate provision in the health care law "exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power." Now, the case is before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and I am urging the federal appeals court to declare the entire health care law - including the individual mandate - unconstitutional.
What do you think of these actions I’ve taken on the new health care law? Are you being directly impacted by the health care law? How?
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