Following Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp’s vote to repeal Obama’s health care plan, Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran are taking their turn at derailing the controversial health care package.
On Wednesday, Moran and Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, sponsored legislation to fully repeal the law. The legislation mirrors the bill passed by the U.S. House.
“Americans want health care reform that improves our current system and reduces costs,” Sen. Moran said in a press release. “Instead of enacting improvements to increase competition and choice for health coverage, President Obama’s health law will raise costs, increase premiums and reduce American jobs at the worst possible time. This law jeopardizes patients’ access to care, stifles businesses with job-crushing tax hikes and regulatory requirements, increases our national debt, expands burdens on states, and allows the federal government to intrude upon the most personal decisions Americans make every day.”
Economists have projected that the health care bill will add roughly $500 billion in new health care taxes and will raise the federal deficit by more than $500 billion.
Roberts added that new testimony before the House Budget Committee by Rick Foster, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chief Actuary, included Foster admitting that the law would not keep down health care costs and that many American “would be unable to keep the coverage that they have.”
During a hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Thursday, Roberts pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on both the cost of the law and the impact it would have on rural America.
“I think the new health care law has plenty of regulations harmful to economic growth, especially for small businesses struggling to grow and create new jobs,” Senator Roberts said. “I hope Secretary Sebelius can identify areas where the unintended consequences of agency regulations can be addressed immediately per the President’s executive order.”