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Local officials respond to votes to repeal health care law

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On Wednesday, the House voted to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.  Three local officials have responded to the repeal of the health care law that was passed with a 244-185 vote.

Since taking office, this was Indiana Congressman Bucshon's fourth vote for full repeal and 31st vote to defund, dismantle, or repeal "Obamacare." 

"It is necessary to repeal this near government takeover of our nation's health care system.  Eliminating the massive tax increase on the middle class and restoring the $575 billion cut from Medicare are only two of the numerous and critical reasons Obamacare needs to be repealed," said Bucshon. "After the law is fully repealed we can focus on patient centered, market based reforms that lowers costs and prevents government bureaucrats from coming between you and your doctor."

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has also again voted to repeal the "Obamacare Act."

"Obamacare, as a whole, is bad for the country.  It raises taxes 21 times costing over $675 billion over ten years.  And it's actually increased the cost of health insurance, not lowered the cost," Shimkus said. 

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that private health insurance costs will increase $2,100 per year in 2016 due to "Obamacare" compared to if it had not been implemented.

"It takes away an individual's choice by mandating coverage onto everyone.  The law also has increased the federal government's role in funding abortion and plans that cover abortion," he noted. Another problem I have with Obamacare is the unelected Independent Payment Advisory Board that will determine whether Medicare should pay for certain treatments.  This will remove decision making away from the doctor-patient relationship into a bureaucracy."

Shimkus also cited published reports that indicate "Obamacare" will result in job cuts and noted, "Several corporate officials testified before Congress that this law has already forced them to not expand their business, to consider moving employees into part-time status in order to avoid having them deemed full-time, and to basically spend their entire company's profits on health insurance.  That is not good for our economy, not good for employment, not good for our country.

"I have voted against government-run health care consistently. I have also voted for helping to incentivize the uninsured through a market-based approach. If we are given the chance to do that again, I do support replacing Obamacare with policies that will help reduce the number of uninsured without harming the economy," Shimkus said.

Indiana Senator Dan Coats has also responded to the repeal of the health care law.  Coats commends the House for passing a bill to repeal the health care law and is urging the Senate to do the same.

"Today the House of Representatives took the right step by voting for full repeal of Obamacare, a costly and intrusive government takeover of our health care system," said Coats. "The president's health care law raises the cost of health care for families, burdens job creators and state budgets and puts America deeper into debt. Obamacare has made the nation's ailing health care system weaker, not better.

"The so-called Affordable Care Act has proven to be anything but affordable," added Coats. "I urge my colleagues in the Senate to listen to the will of the people, overturn this deeply flawed law and replace it with common-sense solutions that will drive down costs and give Hoosiers, not Washington bureaucrats, the power to make their own health care decisions."

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