By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Friday, U.S. Representative Jo Bonner said, “It is increasingly clear that nothing short of outright repeal of Obamacare will prevent it from doing harm to our health care system and stifling job growth.”
Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said in a written statement, “On May 16, the House of Representatives passed a full repeal of president’s Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” I was among the 229 House Members to vote to completely dismantle the controversial law, which is already leading to increased health care costs and creating uncertainty among many small businesses.”
U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville said, “House Republicans remain committed to implementing policies that help our economy grow and allow small businesses to do what they do best, create jobs. In keeping that commitment the House recently passed H.R. 45, legislation to fully repeal the President’s health care law. Last month’s jobs numbers suggest that the new health care law is already impacting hiring patterns, as small businesses are cutting back workers hours and also freezing hiring any additional workers. Simply put, this legislation appears to be a job killer and repealing the law in its entirety means we can move forward with a commonsense approach that will decrease burdens, lower costs and protect American jobs.”
Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia said following House passage of H.R. 45, “This has always been a risky big government experiment that will raise costs, reduce choice, and lower the quality of health care. The fact that the Internal Revenue Service will have a central role in enforcing the law should give pause to anyone concerned about the recent revelations regarding the IRS. The best approach is to repeal the entire law and replace it with common sense reforms that address actual problems in our health care system.”
Rep. Bonner said, “The Affordable Care Act is turning out to be anything but affordable for many individuals buying coverage as well as small businesses trying to comply with the health care law’s costly mandates. I opposed Obamacare when it originally passed the House and I continue to oppose it today because it massively expands the reach of the federal government while failing to achieve its promised goal of lowering health care costs.”
Rep. Bonner concluded, “In recent weeks, even some of Obamacare’s initial supporters have admitted the health care law could become a “train wreck”. As we get closer to its implementation, it is increasingly clear that nothing short of outright repeal of Obamacare will prevent it from doing harm to our health care system and stifling job growth. I am particularly disturbed over the Obama administration’s efforts to go around Congress, including reports of HHS Secretary Sebelius soliciting donations from health care executives and community and church groups to implement Obamcare. On the same day I voted to repeal Obamacare, I wrote a letter to Secretary Sebelius asking for an accounting of her actions. Americans deserve health care reform that lowers costs and preserves choice without harming the quality of our health care or the economy. Obamacare must be repealed.”
Given that President Barack H. Obama (D) is unlikely to sign legislation repealing his own unpopular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act even if it could somehow pass the Democratic Party controlled U.S. Senate most provisions of Obamacare are likely to go into effect in 2014.
Congressman Jo Bonner represents Alabama’s First Congressional District and is retiring in August. Congressman Spencer Bachus is Alabama’s longest serving U.S. Representative and he represents District Six. Rep. Aderholt represents Alabama Fourth Congressional District.