Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Date: May 16, 2013
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BENISHEK. Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge support of H.R. 45, legislation that will repeal the President's massive and unaffordable health care law. As a doctor, I am extremely concerned with many different aspects of the bill, which is broad and overreaching.

When this law was passed, I was in northern Michigan treating patients and wondering how this bill would change the relationship between a doctor and his patients. I can tell you that after my 30 years of experience and after continuing to speak with doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and patients across northern Michigan, there are innumerable problems with this law, and it needs to be repealed.

Thanks to ObamaCare, we will face severe problems with access to quality health care. We are looking at massive cuts to reimbursements to hospitals and other care providers, cuts that will end up limiting access to care.

ObamaCare does not fulfill the most basic promises that were used to pass this law. Health care costs have not gone down. My constituents are not able to ``keep their plans.''

These are just some of the reasons why I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill so we can work together to provide patient-centered reform that will reduce costs and expand access.