Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen Challenge ObamaCare

While Supreme Court ruling looms, Pennsylvania legislators continue fighting for Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement applauding U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and each of Pennsylvania’s 12 congressmen for not giving up the fight against Obamacare:

“While President Obama and Senator Casey continue to defend their massive and unpopular government takeover of health care, Pennsylvanians should know that their Republican representatives in Washington, D.C. haven’t given up fighting for this ridiculous legislation. Republicans have voted 26 times to fully repeal, defund or dismantle portions of the health care law, and this includes voting to repeal some of the more egregious provisions like IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) or the medical device tax. As we wait for the Supreme Court to decide whether ObamaCare violates our Constitution, one thing is clear: ObamaCare is a bad law, bad for businesses and bad for our economy and U.S. Senator Toomey and your twelve Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen have fought tirelessly for the law’s repeal over the past two years. Regardless of ObamaCare’s fate, Republicans will continue to protect Pennsylvanians from the Obama-Casey intrusion into decisions best left to patients and their doctors.”

“ObamaCare is a complete disaster. This massive big-government takeover of our health care system is already proving its critics right and exceeding our worst fears. It costs too much, raises taxes on American families and businesses, and cuts Medicare. Unaccountable government bureaucrats will make decisions once left to patients and their doctors. Millions could lose the insurance they receive from their employers, even though President Obama promised that would never happen. Health care costs will continue to skyrocket, and Americans have less freedom to make their own health care decisions.

“Mitt Romney knows we cannot afford Obama’s massive healthcare takeover, and on Day One, Romney will begin the process of ending ObamaCare. He will issue an executive order paving the way for waivers from the law to all fifty states. While we don’t yet know what the Supreme Court will decide, whatever parts of the law the Justices fail to strike down, the fight for repeal will continue.”

The Independent Payment Advisory Board or IPAB puts a panel of unelected and unaccountable government Washington bureaucrats in between decisions best left to patients and their doctors. On March 22, the U.S. House passed the PATH Act (HR 5) to repeal IPAB and take an important step towards putting our healthcare system on the road to recovery. All 12 Republican Congressmen from Pennsylvania voted in favor of it. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is also cosponsor of a similar bill, the Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act (S. 668), in the Senate.

On June 7, the U.S. House voted to repeal President Obama’s job destroying 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, a tax that was passed as a provision of Obamacare and is scheduled to take effect next January. The tax could curtail growth in a Pennsylvania industry that has provided thousands of local jobs. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Pennsylvania’s 12 Republican Congressmen are unified in opposing President Obama’s tax on a key Pennsylvania industry. Senator Toomey is a co-sponsor of the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act (S. 17) and all 12 Republican Congressmen in Pennsylvania cosponsored the Health Care Cost Reduction Act (HR 436).

Pennsylvania is proudly represented by the following Republican Representatives in the Congress:

  • U.S. Senator Pat Toomey
  • Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-3)
  • Rep. Todd Platts (PA-4)
  • Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
  • Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6)
  • Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-7)
  • Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
  • Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-9)
  • Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)
  • Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)
  • Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15)
  • Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16)
  • Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18)

Obamacare’s Gross Costs Double to $1.76 Trillion, CBO Projects

“The gross costs of the national healthcare law rammed through Congress by President Barack Obama will reach an estimated $1.76 trillion over 10 years — nearly twice the amount originally projected.”

(Gould, Martin and Wagner, Richard. Obamacare’s Gross Costs Double to $1.76 Trillion, CBO Projects. Newsmax. 3/14/2012.)

CASEY IN 2009: “I want to get health-care legislation passed. No one in the Senate has worked harder than I have to get this done, and we will get it done”

(Geraghty, Jim. Obamacare Backer Bob Casey Sees What He’s Done. National Review. 2/8/2012)