Congressman Canseco's Statement on House Vote to Repeal Obamacare

Jul 11, 2012


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Francisco “Quico” Canseco (TX-23), a former small business owner and strong advocate for repealing Obamacare, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079):  
“While the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling affirmed the constitutionality of the law, it’s important to remember that it did not affirm that it’s good for the health care of Americans or our economy.  Obamacare is bad for health care because it places Washington bureaucrats in charge of your health care by creating 159 boards, bureaucracies, and other government entities to make decisions that should be made by you and your doctor.  Obamacare endangers your ability to access health care, as placing Washington in control could lead to a massive exodus of physicians who are unable to confront the overwhelming burdens of the law.  In other words, under Obamacare, you might have health care coverage but be unable to see a physician.” 
“Obamacare is also a massive burden on our economy.  The 2,700 pages of Obamacare are filled with new taxes, new mandates, and other burdens that are leaving businesses wondering how they’ll bear the burdens associated with this law.  I’ve met with numerous small business owners across the 23rd District of Texas, and overwhelmingly I’ve heard how Obamacare has left them unable to hire new employees because they have no idea what their health care costs will be to comply with the law.”   
“Furthermore, Obamacare represents a massive tax burden on hard-working American families.  Even before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, the American people knew that Obamacare contained over half a trillion in tax increases, saddling American families with more taxes – including the families making less than $250,000  that President Obama promised would not have their taxes raised.  Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is a tax – a claim rejected by President Obama while the law was being passed by Congress but advanced by his administration in defending the law in court – Obamacare’s already large tax burden upon American families will only get larger.   Additionally, senior citizens who rely on Medicare will be negatively impacted by Obamacare due to the half a trillion in cuts in Medicare included within the law to pay for other provisions.”      
“Clearly, we need to reform health care in America, but Obamacare is not the solution.  Obamacare is bad for our health care, bad for our economy, and bad for American families. In fact, as long as Obamacare remains in place, it prevents us from truly addressing the concerns that the American people have with health care, which is its affordability and accessibility.  As I’ve traveled throughout my district the past year and a half, I’ve heard time and time again from families, seniors, and small business owners about the need to repeal Obamacare.  I’m proud one of my first votes in the House of Representatives was to repeal this law completely, and I’m proud to have supported the complete repeal of Obamacare again today,” concluded Congressman Canseco.   
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