Turner Votes to Repeal Obamacare
Jan 19, 2011 -
Congressman Mike Turner today joined a bipartisan group of House Members in supporting the repeal of Obamacare. With this vote, more Members voted to repeal the bill today (245-189) than voted for its passage last year (219-212).
“The flawed Obamacare legislation would adversely affect every American family, small business, and millions of seniors. Its $500 billion cuts to Medicare, which include $156 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts, will hurt southwestern Ohioans already at risk. We now have the opportunity to get healthcare reform right, through a bipartisan process.” said Turner. “We must address issues such as prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, allowing small businesses to pool coverage, offering the ability to deduct the full cost of their health insurance premiums, and tort reform,” added Turner.
In addition to the cuts affecting Ohio seniors, Turner cited the bloated spending and debilitating taxes included in the legislation as a chief reason for his original opposition to the bill. The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office has stated that Obamacare will increase the federal budget deficit by over $550 billion in the first ten years of the law and then by $1.4 trillion in the following ten years.
Turner continued, “I voted against the government takeover of health care in part because it imposed over $500 billion of additional taxes, fees, and costs on an already struggling economy. Those taxes coupled with nearly $2 trillion in new government spending over the next 20 years will stifle the growth we need to put Americans back to work.”