Black: Health Care Law Repeal Key To Getting Debt Under Control

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The first few weeks of 2011 saw President Obama’s health care law attacked from all sides.  In January, I proudly stood with my colleagues in the House and voted to repeal the health care law in its entirety.

Recently, the Senate was forced to cast an up or down vote on repeal, while a Florida Judge’s ruling struck down the law, calling it unconstitutional.  Obamacare may end up in the Supreme Court, but until then, Congress should not sit on its hands and wait.  

Chipping away at the worst parts of this law is a top priority of mine.  As a nurse for over 40 years, I know the damage this law does to the quality of our health care system.  But what needs just as much attention is how much debt the health care law racks up for our children and grandchildren.

According to the House Budget Committee, the health care law will cost the United States $2.6 trillion when fully implemented and add a whopping $701 billion to the federal deficit in the first decade—at a time when the government has already racked up over $14 trillion in debt.  Back when he was trying to sell this bill, President Obama famously claimed that health care reform would not add a single dime to our national deficit—consider that claim debunked.

From where I sit, any attempt to cut spending should be done hand in hand with repealing Obamacare.  I have already voted to roll spending back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.  The House is leading by example, banning Congressional earmarks and cutting our own budget by five percent.   Each week the new Majority will bring spending cuts to the floor for an up or down vote.  But it is not enough.  We need more spending cuts, and Obamacare clearly  has to go.

Real reform is possible without massive government spending.  We can deal with pre-existing conditions by creating high-risk pools and opening up markets.  Allowing insurance purchases across state lines increases competition, lowers costs and won’t require millions of federal dollars.  Medical malpractice reform would cut costs and reduce the expense of defensive medicine. These are all solutions I support and they would not bankrupt our nation.

Replacing Obamacare would help lower our debt and improve our economy.  Today, employers are not hiring because of it, and businesses cannot grow thanks to new taxes and penalties.  Families across the country are now facing higher premiums, and the Medicare programs many of our seniors rely upon will be gutted for the sake of paying for this open-ended entitlement.

I came to Congress to stop the government from borrowing against future generations.   I am committed to getting America out of the red — by cutting spending, reducing our deficit, and dismantling this costly health care law.  Every day I am in Congress, I will work to stop Washington from spending your money and putting all of us further into debt.
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February 11, 2011 at 9:33am
Of course Obamacare is junk legislation and not worth the paper it was written on and which no one read but take a look at who were the top contributors for Mrs. Black.

Payback time for the the big health care corporations?

When I see Diane use the word unconstitutional I cringe. She just voted for the extension of the Patriot Act, maybe the most unconstitutional law ever put into place. Let's just give up all of our rights because there must be a Muslim or a 'domestic terrorist' hiding in all of our closets.

Not a peep from Mrs. Diane about the trillions we spend in the fraud of the 'war on terror' or the billions we give away to Israel, Egypt, etc. etc. Death and destruction is our major business while our country falls apart.

She is also silent on the crime syndicate of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

When are we going to reject this false left/right paradigm? They don't represent us.

February 11, 2011 at 3:36pm
If two assertions made by Black are very suspect then it would follow that all assertion made are equally suspect.

For instance:

1. “Businesses cannot grow “ ”employers not hiring”

Fact Check says the “job-killer” claims are bogus and the truth – a small effect on employment, fewer low-wage jobs and more in healthcare and the insurance industry.

2. “$701 billion cost in decade”

Fact Check: judged to be mostly bogus. Republicans are misrepresenting the facts to support their claim.

COB–will cost $230 billion to repeal. If it costs that much in a repeal, it must save that $230 billion to begin with.

Two falsehoods should be enough to cast doubt on the entire press release but let’s look at another two: “judge found unconstitutional” “ Law attacked from all sides”:

Two judges found act to be constitutional and a large percentage of Americans find no fault with the act. So it is not being attacked from all sides and not all find unconstitutional.

She says “real reform possible” and yet -it only took a few days for the House to repeal and to date they have not present the “real reform” bill. Why didn’t they have in place and pass the “real reform” package and then repeal the Act?

This statement she made is correct: “I came to Congress to ....dismantle the healthcare law.”

And may I add, not to try to work out a plan to allow those with pre-existing conditions to purchase affordable healthcare coverage or to address the problems of insurance companies either jacking up rates on those who develop health problems or dropping their coverage altogether. Nor did she come to Congress to find a solution to hospitals treating millions of Americans without insurance and passing on much of that cost to those who do have coverage.

Pabulum for the right wing and Tea Party, real and wannabes.
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