NEWS RELEASE: May 16, 2013
Washington, DC – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for a bill (HR 45) that would repeal the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as it is referred to. The bill passed the House Thursday.
“The Republican House has voted on this before, and we understand that the Democratic Senate will not take this up; however, it is important to restate our opposition to this Washington takeover of healthcare,” Shimkus said. “All the promises the President and his supporters made about this legislation are now falling through.”
Examples of the false promises include:
+ lower premiums…the Secretary of Health and Human Services herself admitted that premiums will go up.
+ you can keep the plan you have…between 20 and 65 million American may lose their employer-sponsored insurance according to studies, including the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. This does not include the millions of others who face reduced benefits under their plans.
+ tax hikes and compliance costs…Obamacare contains 21 tax hikes, totally over $800 billion dollars, and the Obama Administration itself estimates that it will take over 190 million hours annually to comply with the law.
+ jobs and the economy…numerous examples of surveys and specific companies have said they will keep employees at part-time status either to not come under Obamacare provisions or will not hire additional staff due to the cost of Obamacare.
“Unemployment continues to remain at levels higher than I would like to see,” Shimkus noted. “Part of the issue is the reluctance on the part of businesses to hire new employees, which can be attributed to Obamacare. We need to get rid of the law in order to help our economy get back on its feet.
“Eight different parts of Obamacare have already been repealed, and we will likely have to continue down that path since the Senate is unlikely to move on this bill repealing the entire law.”