America Received the Wrong Prescription 5 Years Ago
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of Obamacare becoming law.
“Today marks the five year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) becoming law. This hastily written, partisan- piece of legislation was shoved through Congress and was forced on the American people. Since then we have seen countless delays, higher premiums, increased government regulations, and the raiding of Medicare to pay for this new system.
“Just days before the bill was passed, House Speaker Pelosi famously told America that Democrats had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. Words you don’t want to hear when talking about an issue that affects your family, the country’s healthcare system, and a large part of the U.S. economy. In addition to this, we were sold the idea that we could keep our plans if we liked them. What did we receive instead, cancellation notices from insurance providers.
“While I agree we need to reform the nation’s health system, and find ways to provide coverage options for the uninsured, this piece of legislation was not the way to address the issue. A patient centered healthcare system that is market driven is best suited for the American people.
“I believe we should allow insurance to be portable and able to be purchased across state lines. We must also address tort reform and the drivers of the high cost of health care. And lastly we need to provide the incentive for all Americans to save for future health care costs by eliminating high-deductible insurance policies and expand access to health savings accounts.
“Since the passage of Obamacare, American families and small businesses have been feeling the weight of this ill-conceived law. It is time that we replace it with a common sense approach that takes big government out of healthcare decisions that should be made by patients, families, and their doctors.”
Congressman Ted Yoho serves on the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. He represents North Florida’s 3rd Congressional District