Thursday, July 12, 2012

Speaker Boehner: there's a better way

   Mr. CANTOR. Madam Speaker, it is my honor to yield 1 minute to the Speaker of the House, the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Boehner).
   Mr. BOEHNER. Let me thank my colleague for yielding, and say to my colleagues, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 6079, a legislation that would repeal the President's health care law.
   When this bill passed, we were promised that the health care law would lower costs and help create jobs. One congressional leader even suggested it would create 400,000 new jobs.

   Well, guess what? It didn't happen. This bill's making our economy worse, driving up the cost of health care, and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
   The American people were told that they'd come to like this bill once it was passed. Well, that didn't happen either. Most Americans not only oppose this law, but they fully support repealing it.
   The American people were told that taxes on the middle class wouldn't go up if this bill passed. Well, guess what? There are 21 tax increases in this health care law, and at least a dozen of them hit the middle class.
   And let me just give you a glimpse of the damage that all these tax hikes will do to our economy. A tax on health insurance providers will end up costing up to 249,000 jobs, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
   A tax on health care manufacturers will put as many as 47,000 jobs in jeopardy, according to one nonpartisan estimate. Then you've got the employer mandate, which will affect every job creator with 50 or more employees.
   Let's take White Castle, a company in my home State. They say that the employer mandate would eat up most of their net income starting in 2014. And that's on account of just one provision in the law.
   And then there's the individual mandate that the Supreme Court has now ruled is a massive tax. The Congressional Budget Office says that roughly 20 million Americans will either have to pay this tax or be forced to buy insurance that they wouldn't have purchased otherwise.
   You add it all up, the tax increases in this health care law will take at least $675 billion out of our pockets over the next 10 years. All this at a time when employers are just trying to get by.
   Listen, I think there's a better way, and that's why we're here today. Americans want a step-by-step approach that protects the access to care that they need from the doctor they choose at a lower cost. They certainly didn't ask for this government takeover of their health care system that's put us in this mess that we're in today.
   At the beginning of this Congress, the House voted to repeal this health care law. It was our pledge to America, and we kept it. Unfortunately, our colleagues in the Senate refused to follow suit, and since then, we've made some bipartisan progress on repealing parts of this harmful health care law, including the 1099 paperwork mandate.
   But this law continues to make our economy worse, and there's even more resolve to see that it is fully repealed.
   Now, I think this is an opportunity to save our economy. And for those who still support repealing this harmful health care law, we're giving our colleagues in the Senate another chance to heed the will of the American people. And for those who did not support repeal the last time, it's a chance for our colleagues to reconsider. For all of us, it's an opportunity to do the right thing for our country.


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