By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Anniston issued a statement on the 2nd anniversary of the passage of President Obama’s healthcare reform law.
Congressman Rogers said, “As we approach the 2nd anniversary of the passage of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, many folks across East Alabama remain deeply concerned about its impact on our economy and want the law repealed. I agree.”
Rep. Rogers said that 56 percent of the American public favor repealing The Patient Affordability and Protection Act, better known as Obamacare in a recent Rasmussen poll.
Rep. Rogers said, “Hardworking families and our nation’s seniors need both quality and dependable healthcare. It’s a complex challenge. But I simply don’t believe the healthcare law provides that piece of mind when it comes to healthcare for folks of any age in our country.”
“Many across East Alabama may have seen on the news recently the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the healthcare law will cost almost double what the President originally said it would,” Rep. Rogers said. “At a price tag of $1.76 trillion over the next ten years, it just doesn’t sit well with most folks. It certainly doesn’t appear to have helped lower the overall cost of our healthcare system, as the legislation was intended to do.”
Rep. Rogers said that the CBO estimates that 4 million American workers will lose their employer provided health insurance coverage because of the Patient Affordability and Protection Act.
Representative Rogers said, “This week, I am fighting to repeal a provision in the healthcare law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This provision creates a panel of what I consider to be 15 unelected Washington bureaucrats to ration Medicare benefits as they see fit to our seniors.” “It’s bad policy. Seniors need to be more in control of their Medicare coverage and benefits, not less. I will continue to advocate for repealing this board made of Washington bureaucrats who are not elected to the position on the panel. It is just not right.”
Congressman Rogers said that full repeal of the law will be hard to do. Despite the difficulty Rep. Rogers said that he is a strong supporter of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Rep. Rogers said that “some of the most outlandish parts of this law have already been shelved by the President’s own Administration because they are simply unworkable, such as the CLASS Act.”
Rep. Rogers said that the Constitutionality of other parts of the bill, including the individual mandate ordering all Americans to purchase health insurance is being considered by the United States Supreme Court.
Rep. Rogers said that, “The House continues to work to repeal this law in full and by piece, but ether way I’m convinced it is bad economic medicine for America.”
Congressman Mike Rogers represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District. Lee County Commissioner John Andrew Harris (D) is running against Rep. Rogers in the November 6th General Election. Rep. Rogers is seeking his sixth term in the United States Congress.
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