Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen Vote To Repeal ObamaCare

HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement applauding Pennsylvania’s Republican delegation for unanimously voting to repeal Obamacare:

“Obamacare will go down in history as President Obama’s worst broken promise. Despite President Obama’s claims, Obamacare has turned out to be a massive tax on the middle class. Pennsylvanians simply can’t afford it and are tired of President Obama and Senator Casey’s continued efforts to defend their massive and unpopular government takeover of health care. I applaud Speaker Boehner and Pennsylvania’s Republican congressmen for keeping up the fight to repeal this job-killing 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. Americans have been crystal clear: ObamaCare is a bad law, bad for businesses and bad for our economy. U.S. Senator Toomey and your twelve Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen have fought tirelessly for the law’s repeal over the past two years.”

“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.”

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)