By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks recently announced in a written statement that he was going to continue to fight against Obamacare as more of the law is implemented on American families and businesses.
Rep. Rogers said. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is starting to go into effect. As we are finding out, and as many predicted, this law is anything but affordable and is more of a problem than a solution to our health care needs.”
Congressman Rogers said, “Since it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Administration has not been completely forthcoming with details about exactly how the new healthcare exchanges will be rolled out. Alabama, for one, has chosen not to create an insurance exchange.”
Rep. Rogers said, “The Congressional Budget Office estimates Obamacare will become a $1 trillion dollar tax hike. These tax hikes could hurt small business owners across East Alabama as employers cut hours to avoid covering their employees’ health care. That could put a lot of entry level jobs that lead to more skilled work or provide much needed extra income to families at risk. In fact, according to a study by the Hudson Institute, over 54,000 jobs in Alabama related to the hospitality, restaurant and leisure industries are at risk because of the health care law.”
Rep. Rogers said that according to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation only 35% of Americans polled have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, but 42% of Americans polled by Kaiser think that Obamacare is not currently law. “They think it was either struck down by the Supreme Court or repealed.”
Congressman Rogers said, “For the record, I not only voted against the original bill, but also have voted to repeal it on multiple occasions.” “I will continue to fight against this poorly crafted, broken law.”
Rogers said, “There has also been a lot of chatter about Congress trying to exempt themselves from Obamacare. Factcheck.org debunks this as untrue.”
The AP reported that even key Obamacare architect, Senator Max Baucus (D) from Montana said of Obamacare, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” Baucus blames poor implementation by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and said that, “The administration’s public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade.” “You need to fix this,” Baucus told Sebelius.
The conservative group, Restore America’s Voice Now wrote, “The House of Representatives is renewing its commitment to see ObamaCare erased. The Speaker, Majority Leader, Majority Whip and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have been working to bring a full repeal vote to the House floor next week. Following will be a series of other votes to repeal pieces: drain ObamaCare slush funds, repeal the employer mandate, repeal the medical device tax, etc. Each carries it’s own discomfort for Senate Democrats who now increasingly fear the ugly reality of implementation. If they balk–and initially they will–voters can judge them next year. These votes force a reluctant media to admit their darling Obama hatched a Frankenstein.”
Congressman Mike Rogers represents Alabama’s Third Congressional District.