Milestone or Millstone: Roskam, Walsh, Hultgren on the Two Year Anniversary of Obamacare

-By Warner Todd Huston

Three Illinois Congressmen released statements about the second anniversary of Obamacare. Peter Roskam (6th District), Joe Walsh (8th District) and Randy Hultgren (14th District) ruefully noted the two year anniversary and all three pledged to be rid of the destructive legislation as soon as possible.

Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06)

“In the two years since Obamacare passed Americans have overwhelmingly rejected the overhaul that has delivered nothing but broken promises and made our healthcare system worse. The Administration promised Obamacare would lower health costs for families, reduce the deficit, create thousands of jobs, and that patients would be able to keep their doctor and healthcare plan if they liked it – the opposite has happened in each case. What’s worse, many of the worst components of Obamacare still haven’t even gone into effect. This agenda is not what Americans signed up for. Today’s vote in the House to repeal the IPAB – an egregious part of Obamacare that would deny seniors care and increase out of pocket costs – is one positive step forward for America’s seniors and our healthcare system. Yet it is only one step. It’s critical that Obamacare is fully repealed and replaced with commonsense patient-centered healthcare reforms that lower the cost of care, increase access, and don’t make it tougher for businesses to create jobs.”

Congressman Walsh to Obama (IL-08)

Walsh stated: “Obamacare never should have been run through Congress and rammed down America’s throat two years ago. It seems like every day we find some new job-killing regulation or unconstitutional provision, and it will only get worse. With all the broken promises, the First Amendment violations, and the $1.76 trillion price tag, Obamacare has been around for 2 years too long.

“Americans are struggling and our economy is suffering. This health care program is bad for American families, bad for American small business, and bad for America. The last thing we need is to be strapped with more debt from an unworkable unnecessary health care program. It is more clear than ever that big government liberal policies of over regulation and reckless spending do not work. I came to Washington to repeal bad legislation like Obamacare and will continue to work to repeal the most egregious sections of this unworkable program.”

Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)

“Two years ago today, President Obama signed his health care bill into law,” said Hultgren. “Since then, the American people have seen only broken promises. They are confronted with higher premiums, the potential loss of their employer-provided insurance, and the threat of Medicare rationing. Despite all of this, the law’s cost has also exploded – from $940 billion to $1.76 trillion. Americans are deeply concerned and House Republicans share that concern. That is why we have voted repeatedly to repeal and defund the bill, and we will not rest until we are successful.”

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