As part of his on-going opposition to Obamacare, today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in support of H.R. 596 to repeal the President's harmful health care law. Congressman Johnson cosponsored H.R. 596 and this marks the fourth time he has voted with House Republicans to fully repeal Obamacare.
After the vote, Congressman Johnson released the following statement:
"Americans need health care solutions that actually work for them. As millions of Americans are discovering Obamacare is the wrong answer and it always has been. That's why I opposed the President's government takeover of our health care system when it was first introduced -- AND it's why I've since voted over 50 times to repeal the law both in part and in whole.
"The numbers don't lie. A majority of Americans oppose Obamacare. And regardless of what the President named the law, it is anything but "affordable.' In Texas, the Obamacare health insurance tax alone will cost our Lone Star State almost 15,000 jobs. This is on top of the fact that Texas' economic growth will be reduced by $2.5 billion.
"Obamacare is especially bad news for seniors, as it also cuts Medicare by $716 billion -- with $300 billion coming from Medicare Advantage (MA). In Collin County, 24 percent of Medicare beneficiaries rely on MA plans. Those who do not lose access to their plan will see an estimated $600 reduction in benefits just from 2014-2015 because of these cuts. This is wrong!
"Hardworking American families want, need, and deserve the freedom to choose their own doctor and their own health care plan -- and to not have those choices hurt their pocketbooks. I urge Senate Republicans to follow the House's lead. Let's repeal Obamacare once and for all and begin working on real solutions!"