WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) spoke on the floor this evening prior to a passing vote for the full repeal Obamacare, H.R. 45. In light of overwhelming new reports and waning political support from once supportive lawmakers, Congresswoman Walorski highlighted a few of the President’s broken promises to the American people including increasing cost, rising health care premiums on American families, and $716 billion raided from Medicare.
“When I hear from Hoosiers in Indiana—from business owners trying to run a company to seniors seeking quality care options—I hear overwhelming uncertainty and concern, and Obamacare is the driving force,” said Walorski. “To protect Americans from this impending train wreck, I support full repeal of this law, which has been nothing more than a string of broken promises.”
Tonight’s speech marks the second time Congresswoman Walorski spoke on the House floor this week to support of the full repeal of Obamacare. Since the law was enacted over three years ago, the President signed seven different bills to defund or repeal parts of Obamacare. The bill will be referred to the Senate for consideration.
“Mr. Speaker, my colleagues on the other side can try as much as they would like to distract people from the real issue here. But the fact remains that Obamacare was bad policy when it was enacted, and it’s getting worse the closer we get to its implementation.
“When I hear from Hoosiers in Indiana—from business owners trying to run a company to seniors seeking quality care options—I hear overwhelming uncertainty and concern, and Obamacare is the driving force.
“To protect Americans from this impending train wreck, I support full repeal of this law, which has been nothing more than a string of broken promises.
“Let’s quickly look at just a few.
“Broken promise number one: The president claimed that he would not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits.
“However, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill will add almost $2 trillion.
“After consecutive trillion dollar deficits, our national debt is soaring towards $17 trillion.
“It is time to stop spending money we simply do not have.
“Broken promise number two: The president claimed no family making less than $250,000 a year will see their taxes increase.
“However, the Joint Committee on Taxation reports that Obamacare includes 21 new or higher taxes that will cost taxpayers roughly $1.1 trillion.
“I recently had the chance to tour an orthopedic manufacturing company in Mishawaka.
“During this visit I heard real life stories from employees about the taxes in Obamacare.
“I was warned that the new medical device tax will prevent the company from creating good paying jobs for Hoosiers who are out of work.
“The reality is this tax will increase the cost of medical devices – devices often used by our seniors and wounded warriors.
“Broken promise number three: The president repeatedly claimed that his proposal could save families $2,500 a year in health care premiums.
“However, researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that average family premiums have instead increased by over $3,000 since 2008.
“If not repealed, this law will continue to increase premiums and eat away at the paychecks of single moms and young families all across the country.
“The reality is the Affordable Care Act is not so affordable.”
Broken promise number four: The president claimed he would protect Medicare.
But instead of making Medicare stronger, he raided $716 billion from the program to fund his government takeover of our health.
The millions of seniors who depend on Medicare deserve better.
My mom, a Medicare beneficiary, deserves better.
Mr. Speaker, we do not need this law, period.
We do not need a law that tramples over our freedoms by allowing the government to make our personal health care decisions for us.
We do not need a law that restricts our access to quality and affordable health care.
And we definitely do not need a law enforced by an agency actively targeting citizens with opposing political views.
I urge all my colleagues to defeat the Motion to Recommit and repeal Obamacare today.
I yield back the balance of my time.