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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Black on One-Year Anniversary of Health Care Law

March 25, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Wednesday, March 23, 2011)—Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the president’s health care law:

“One year after the president’s health care bill was signed into law, we stop to mark this very unhappy anniversary.  The passage of this bill was a low-point for Congress, who drafted the bill behind closed doors and passed it against the wishes of the American people.  It was said that ‘We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill.’  Now that health care reform is law, we know that it increases premiums for families, raises taxes, adds to our debt and puts government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. 

“As a nurse for over 40 years, I understand the damage this law does to our health care system, and repealing the health care law is one of my top priorities in Congress.  Back in January, I was proud to stand up with my colleagues and vote for full repeal of the health care law.  Even though that effort was voted down by the Senate, I’m determined to take this bill apart piece by piece.  In the House, we’re already going after the major funders of the president’s health care law.  The House recently passed 1099 repeal, which would have buried small businesses in paperwork, and soon we’ll go after the billions in mandatory spending spread throughout the health care law.  It’s a good start, but more must be done to prevent even greater damage from the president’s health care law.

“True health care reform means more choices, lower costs and most importantly, Washington staying out of your health care decisions.  I won’t stop fighting until ObamaCare is replaced with real common-sense health care solutions.” 

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Some Facts About the President’s Health Care Law…

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Health Care Law May “Restrain Hiring”

“The creation of new jobs may be further hindered by businesses’ continued lack of confidence in the recovery’s sustainability and by remaining limitations on access to credit. Businesses may also be unsure and concerned about how they will be affected by the implementation of recently enacted financial and health care legislation and by possible future changes in tax and other federal policies. Those uncertainties about future policies may be restraining hiring at some firms, but the magnitude of any such restraint is difficult to determine.”  The CBO Budget and Economic Outlook Fiscal Years 2011 through 2021, page 42

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chief Actuary Richard Foster, the Health Care Law May Jeopardize Seniors’ Access to Care

 “If Medicare payment rates become lower than the current level for Medicaid, which would in fact happen over time under the Affordable Care Act, then it raises questions about the ability of beneficiaries to have access to care.”  Medicare Chief Actuary Testifies on the Health Care Laws’ Impact on Seniors

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Health Care Law Adds $115 billion to the 10-year Cost of the Bill

Adding up just the cost of setting up and administering the overhaul, including hiring bureaucrats to run the new health care spending programs, these discretionary appropriations would add $115 billion to the bill’s ten-year cost, all but wiping out its alleged “savings.” Congressional Budget Office

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