Today (Wednesday), I continued my longstanding effort to replace the misguided and unpopular new health care law with real solutions that will get results for the American people. The bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives that voted today for a full repeal of the president’s new law sent a clear message. Hardworking taxpayers deserve common-sense reforms that will increase health care access and lower costs for hardworking Americans without giving away control of their personal health care decisions to Washington bureaucrats.
We’ve learned a good deal about how harmful this law will continue to be to the stability of our health care system, patient choice and the economy. It was built on a foundation of tax hikes, broken promises, budgeting gimmicks and accounting tricks that explodes health care costs and plunges our country even further into debt.
While the Supreme Court had the duty to determine the constitutionality of this law, it did not have the authority to determine if it is good or bad policy for hardworking Iowans. Thankfully, it is still the American people who ultimately have the power and the right to make that final judgment. And I believe that the overwhelming majority of Americans want us to repeal this harmful and misguided law and start over.
I’ve already authored my own health care reform legislation, HR 364, which would control health care costs, expand access to quality health care to more Americans and wouldn’t add a penny to the federal debt. It’s my hope that the solutions contained in my proposal will play a prominent role as Congress continues its work to make health care more accessible and affordable for the American people.
But I can’t do my job without your input. In a representative democracy, government leaders need to hear the voices of those they represent. So I’m inviting you to contact my office to let me know where you stand on health care. The Supreme Court has spoken. Now it’s your turn.
You can reach my office via telephone, mail or online. I’ve set up a brief health care survey on my website that will allow you to make your voice heard on some key issues regarding the new health care law.
As today’s vote illustrates, the U.S. House of Representatives is taking action to get results for the American people. Our system of government depends on citizens taking a stand and making their voices heard. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me so we can work together for real health care reforms.