Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Repeal the President’s Healthcare Takeover

May 16, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of H.R.45, a measure he co-sponsored to repeal Obamacare. This is the first opportunity for freshmen members in the 113th Congress to take a stand on the issue. The Affordable Care Act, a 2,801 page bill, passed in 2010 through a Democrat House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The law constitutes perhaps the most drastic expansion of the federal government in our nation's history.

“I promised voters that I would support any legislation that repeals the federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without expanding government bureaucracy. This is a promise I am proud to keep and I will continue to work to give health care decisions back to patients and doctors,” added LaMalfa. “Americans expect and deserve access to affordable, quality health care that addresses their needs and does not prevent growth and job creation for small businesses.”

The Obama administration's own independent actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that the health reform will actually increase the cost of health care, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that premiums for individual health coverage policies will be significantly higher than if Congress did nothing. The studies found that some states could see insurance costs increases by as much as 200%.

“Three years later, Obamacare has failed to be affordable or accessible as promised, even after more than $2 trillion in new spending and $1.1 trillion in new taxes. Instead, families, individuals, and businesses are facing the realities of the President’s health care takeover – higher premiums, increased bureaucracy and costly tax hikes,” LaMalfa continued. “With federal budget deficits at record levels and millions of families struggling to make ends meet, we simply can't afford this new government health care takeover.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.