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  • New Congress Begins Fight to Repeal Obamacare and Get Health Care Reform Right

    As the 112th Congress begins, the new majority in the House of Representatives has already unveiled plans to repeal Obamacare and start over with health care reform. Obamacare moves the United States health care system in the wrong direction, and to get reform right, Congress should start by repealing this onerous piece of legislation. Using a transparent process, the House will vote next Wednesday on a measure to achieve this.

    The negative effects of Obamacare will be felt by all Americans. The new law includes several new taxes and penalties for businesses that threaten to kill job growth and further damage the economy. Budget gimmicks and double counting of savings mean Obamacare will increase federal deficit spending significantly.

    Obamacare does nothing to reform the systemic problems and unfunded liabilities represented by Medicare and Medicaid. Instead, the new law uses savings in Medicare to fund a new entitlement that experts expect to greatly exceed its projected cost. Obamacare does not fix Medicaid, which already performs poorly, but adds more to its ranks as a means to reduce the uninsured.

    Obamacare increases premiums and overall health spending in the U.S. Instead of allowing insured Americans to keep their current coverage, the new law will cause millions to change or lose their health plans. Last but not least, Obamacare will increase federal control of every aspect of the health sector, increasing the role of bureaucracy in the practice of medicine and interfering in the doctor–patient relationship.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. For these reasons and more, the new Congress should repeal Obamacare.

    But the new House majority will not stop there. The new Members of Congress will also consider a resolution to guide the process of achieving real health care reform. This piece of legislation calls for four House committees to offer legislative proposals that use market-based solutions to increase access, affordability, and quality of health coverage for all while also strengthening the economy.

    Heritage health policy expert Nina Owcharenko writes, “After repeal of [Obamacare], Congress should pursue targeted policy solutions that address practical problems faced by millions of Americans in a step-by-step and fully transparent legislative process. This would move the health care system in the right direction.” It looks like the new Congress is off to a good start.

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    12 Responses to New Congress Begins Fight to Repeal Obamacare and Get Health Care Reform Right

    1. Bobbie says:

      Looks like a good start!

      Someone spoke of the obamacare being great as it initiates "children" at age 26 to be covered under their parents insurance. This is ridiculous. My children are adults at 18 and should have a freedom of choice if they feel health care insurance is necessary for them. Insurance is not health care and health is ones own.

      The only reform necessary in health care is what the government has been providing without corruption! Free market insurance and nobody gets it for free…except for the elderly that continue to get short changed and cheated.

    2. Al, NYC says:

      I personally approve of Obamacare. It's ridiculous that republicans approve of a system that prevents someone from getting a fair chance at life. It's ironic that they care about every unborn fetus, but once you're born they don't care if you die a painful death.

    3. Lester, Troy, Mo says:

      so lemme get this straight: in 2008 Americans wanted jobs, so Obama pushed healthcare down our throats. Tired of that we voted in Republicans. We are still demanding jobs, but the first thing Republicans are going to do is use their political capital to try to repeal Obama health care.

      Are the Republicans out of touch or what?

    4. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      Hurray maybe will be free from tyranny, there are already laws about taking care of those who cannot pay, medicaid and schif, Insurance is available to everyone, those who choose not to buy it until they need it should not become a burden to those of us who have carried Ins. for years. I do agree Ins. co.'s have raised rates a great deal and many CEO is getting enourmous saleries and perks, that is where regulation needs to start.

    5. Corky, Howey in the says:

      Hey Al, Please review your information and try again. Thank you

    6. Scot, New Jersey says:

      Al;

      Your characterization of the Republican perspective is inaccurate. Everyone agrees that there is room for improvement in the Health Care system. The difference between Obamacare and the free market solutions offered by conservatives lie in cost savings, and reduced government control. Since when has any government program been run effectively or efficiently? Have you ever had any interaction with a government agency…State or Federal? It's frustrating to say the least.

      Patients need to be empowered to manage their health and make rational decisions, not be led around by the nose by government "officials". This doesn't mean that conservatives want people to be denied services or a "chance at life" as you mention. It does mean that people need to be responsible and accountable for their own lives and not dependent on the government. People make life decisions every day without help from the government…they buy cars, they buy homes, they accept jobs, Health Care is no different. They just need the information required to make good choices. That should be the main focus of Health Care reform…getting the required information to the people so they can manage their health properly.

    7. Bobbie says:

      sign up for it then, Al.

    8. Mary, Washington Sta says:

      Just a note to the liberals about Obamacare and jobs. Obamacare is a job killer. (And its bad health care reform.) So stopping Obamacare will help the job situation. But stopping Obamacare is not the only thing that needs to be done to put the unemployed back to work.

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    10. Dave, Norfolk says:

      This law cannot stand as is. This law cannot ever be paid for as is. America said 'no' to health care reform, and it was passed anyway. The Democrats got shellacked for passing it anyway. I would love to see full repeal. I'm sure the House will do everything they can to accomplish this. Unfortunately, the Senate will kill repeal, and even if they don't, the President will veto it. What a waste of our time, money, and emotions. Sigh.

    11. Jocelyn Salem, NH says:

      Repealing Obama's Healthcare Reform will not increase the deficts at all. It's the right thing to do in the 112th, Congress.

      The United States does not need Socialized Medicine we are not England. Leave m e alone that is between me and my doctors not the Government.

    12. Michael Carson, Nort says:

      Ordinary American citizens should do everyting possible to stop the Republican attack on health care reform. The Affordable Care Act provides Americans with more control of their health care choices, frees us from worrying about losing our health care if we get sick or lose our job, and prevents big insurance companies from not covering children who are born with a disability. By all accounts, Republicans will add a trillion dollars to the national deficit by repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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