Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rep. Dr. Benishek: $675 billion tax increase is making health care problems worse

   (Mr. BENISHEK asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
   Mr. BENISHEK. Madam Speaker, in upholding the President's health care law, the Supreme Court identified the law as a $675 billion tax increase on America's working families and reminds us that we cannot depend on courts to fix the mistakes that Congress has made.
   I know something about health care. I've been a doctor for 30 years taking care of patients in northern Michigan. I know the President's plan is not solving our health care problems. In fact, it's making them worse.

   The law hurts seniors by cutting more than $500 billion from Medicare. The law creates a board of 15 Washington bureaucrats to decide how to reduce Medicare costs. The law contains more than 13,000 pages of new regulations that will suffocate our small businesses.
   The President's law never addressed rising health care costs. America has a great health care system, but the problem is it costs too much. I recommend we enact a step-by-step approach that lowers cost through free market competition and strengthens the doctor-patient relationship.
   The American people have been clear--they don't like this terrible law. I urge all Members to support the Repeal of Obamacare Act, so we can scrap this law and work together on real health care reforms that actually lower costs and make health care more affordable. 


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