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Floor Speech - Repealing Healthcare Law

Support of Repealing the Healthcare Law

Friday, Mar 18, 2011

Madam President, I wish to talk about two topics today, first on this health care bill and then on the situation in Egypt.
I rise today in support of the amendment to repeal the health care law. We made a mistake last year in passing this law, and a large majority of American people know it. In the face of the largest debt in our history, it was the height of folly to create a new spending program, offering subsidized health care to 30 million Americans. It is a promise we cannot afford to keep and one that our lenders may force us to retract.

Before losing our credit rating or suffering the humiliation of foreign lenders denying us new loans, we should take the decisive action now to end this entitlement. Congress should replace this mistaken law with bipartisan reforms that prohibit the government from overriding the decisions you make with your doctor, that defend your right to buy insurance from any State in the Union, and to make lawsuit reforms to lower the costs of defensive medicine.

The failed health care law now ruled as unconstitutional by two Federal courts uses the commerce clause of the Constitution to create an unlimited government that could require Americans to buy what they do not want. The very heart of the Constitution was the creation of a limited government that could only accomplish its defined missions, leaving all else to the people and to the States.

These courts are right, the law is unconstitutional. It spends over $2.6 trillion, it hurts small businesses, it cuts senior health care under Medicare, and levies billions in new taxes against our economy in the teeth of the great recession.

Recently, I visited Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. Their president, Ken Smithmier, warned me that the Medicare cuts required by the new health care law would cut $10 million annually from their hospital, resulting in the loss of over 200 jobs. Decatur is not alone in its troubles. In nearly half of my State's counties, hospitals are among the top three employers. They are the backbone of our local economies, and their employment would be greatly harmed by this health care law.

We made a promise to seniors who depend on Medicare that we would take care of them. This law cuts Medicare and hurts them. We should honor, instead, our promises to defend the Nation, to support seniors on Social Security and who depend on Medicare before making an extravagant promise that is irresponsible and cannot be kept under the health care law.


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