Issue Position: Repealing Obamacare

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016

America has cultivated some of the finest doctors, nurses, treatments and healthcare facilities in the world, with the 8th District being no exception. This is a direct result of the decades of freedom of choice and a competitive healthcare market in America. Unfortunately, President Obama's failed healthcare law has been completely destructive to this system, forcing numerous hospitals to close and pressuring outstanding doctors to head into early retirement.

In addition to damaging healthcare providers, patients have not been spared one bit. Insurance premiums have skyrocketed along with the cost of care, and numerous patients are no longer able to see the doctor of their choice. The failed law is wreaking havoc on businesses, with Obamacare's mandates forcing business owners to provide overpriced insurance or pay fines. These rules have ultimately forced many businesses to drop employee insurance or employees altogether.

No matter which way you look at this law, it is a disaster. That is why I have opposed it since its inception and I am committed to fully repealing and replacing it. At every instance I have voted to defund this disastrous law. I supported the advancement of a repeal through the House and Senate in 2016, but unfortunately President Obama put his legacy ahead of what was best for our country and vetoed the bill that would have repealed his namesake law.

When I discovered that the IRS was using a User Fee Slush Fund to implement the Obamacare individual and Employer mandates after Congress had specifically eliminated funding for that purpose, I authored and passed through the U.S. House legislation repealing the IRS's authority to control any of those funds. I won't rest until the catastrophe that is Obamacare is repealed and once again Americans can feel secure that they are receiving the best care anywhere in the world.