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Rep. Jason Altmire Opposes Repeal of Health Care Reform Law

House voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care overhaul.

U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-4th District, released a statement today (Wednesday) explaining why he opposes repealing the 2010 health care reform law.

House lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care overhaul—the latest in a long line of anti-ObamaCare votes, but the first vote since the Supreme Court upheld the law, according to Fox News.

The vote was 244 to 185, with five Democrats voting for repeal—Jim Matheson of Utah, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, and Mike Ross of Arkansas, according to NBC Politics on msnbc.com. 

No Republicans voted against the repeal.

“I will not support the repeal bill that is being put forth by House leadership and faces certain defeat in the Senate. Congress needs do what we should have been doing all along—working together in a bipartisan fashion to improve upon the law and bring down health care costs," Altmire stated.

“When this vote came before the House the first time, I refused to waste the time and resources of the American taxpayers by engaging in a purely partisan exercise that had no chance of becoming law. 

 “I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the parts of this legislation that are bad policy—including the 2.3 percent tax imposed on American-manufactured medical devices—and enact real reforms that improve the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans."

Altmire said he originally voted against the 2010 health care reform bill because his constituents were overwhelmingly against it, and he believed the bill was flawed policy.

"I never argued, however, that it was unconstitutional, and now that the Supreme Court has upheld the law, including the individual mandate, health care providers, hospitals, and doctors can move forward with implementation knowing that the patients they see will have coverage," Altmire said. "The decision also provides certainty to American families, businesses and the government as they plan for the long-term."

 

What do you think about Altmire's stand on the 2010 health care reform law, which is also called Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.

Stacy July 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
What a twisted pile of bs this is, Steve. People who are FOR affordable health care are selfish? I think that selfish is the people that are so buffered from what is happening with so many Americans that they couldn't care less for those LESS fortunate than them. That, my friend, is selfish and don't ever pretend that your lack of care for those people who are suffering is anything less than selfish. Thank God you haven't called yourself a Christian; the hypocrisy would be too much to bare.
Stacy July 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000 Regina (and Roger) That is not true what you are saying about companies. If you look at the real facts then you will see that companies were laying off and not hiring workers long before the Affordable Care Act was signed. Laying off American workers and not hiring American workers has little, if anything, to do with ACA. Foreign workers on visas effect the hiring of American workers much more, but that is another topic. Either way: The ACA is not what is causing companies to not hire American workers: Check out the timeline and facts.
Roger July 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Stacy, do you own a company that pays for health insurance for the employees? Do you manage the finances of a company that makes budgets for the HR department? What is certain about health care costs for 2013, 2014, 2015 for budgets? Your assertions about the timing has nothing to do with 2013, 2014, etc. Yes, companies were laying off workers in 2008, but the financial climate was different at that time. We've had previous exchanges, and you are unable to tell us what is certain with regard to financial obligations for a business. This includes health care, taxes, regulations, etc. If you know in your mind that all these items have a high level of certainty, then start telling the story to business owners. We aren't buying the current story, but maybe you have a different one.
Stacy July 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Dear Roger, What I said exactly relates to what was being written by Regina. To say that companies are not hiring because of ACA is not true and facts and a timeline prove that. Again: companies were laying off and not adding American workers long before ACA was signed. That is exactly correct.
Charles July 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@Roger, I own a company. The cost uncertainty with ACA is no more uncertainty than we've been experiencing the last 20 years with regards to how much insurance carriers decided to raise their rates on our policies and which portion of those cost increases would be passed-on to employees (who at times were in a pay freeze), and what costs would be absorbed by the company to keep the benefits package competitive to aid in employee retention. These unpredictable cost increases were in no way tied to any measurable cost factor to forecast them for any number of years...even one year. Your conjuring economic environments to suit your argument or point-of-view, which is an un-defendable position to take.

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