|Fighting to Repeal ObamaCare
Breaking News... The House passed a Full Repeal of ObamaCare, a bill co-sponsored by Congressman Kevin Brady, by a bipartisan vote of 244-185. Read more here.
***Watch Congressman Brady's July 10th Floor Speech for Full Repeal here.
House Republicans Continue Fighting to Repeal ObamaCare
House Has Passed Passed Many Bills repealing all or parts of ObamaCare and cutting its funding
On March 23, 2010, President Obama's signed his signature legislative achievement into law: ObamaCare.
This legislation represented a government takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy, imposed higher taxes, reduced choice, and set the stage for rationing of health care.
Since passage, the legislation has also been used by the Obama Administration to trample on the 1st Amendment rights of religious institutions.
ObamaCare Repeal Effort Timeline
Joint Economic Committee Republicans, led by Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas and former U.S Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas release the detailed organization chart displays a bewildering array of new government agencies, regulations and mandates.
The chart captures the massive expansion of government and the overwhelming complexity of new regulations and taxes, as well as:
Read the July 28 press release here.
- $569 billion in higher taxes;
- $529 billion in cuts to Medicare;
- swelling of the ranks of Medicaid by 16 million;
- 17 major insurance mandates; and
- the creation of two new bureaucracies with powers to impose future rationing: the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Independent Payments Advisory Board.
Brady admits committee analysts could not fit the entire health care bill on one chart. "This portrays only about one-third of the complexity of the final bill. It’s actually worse than this."
Read the March 22 Joint Economic Committee press release here.
So far there have been 30 bills that have passed the House repealing all or parts of ObamaCare.
To date, three programs have been completely halted. The 1099 tax reporting requirement and free choice vouchers were repealed by Congress and signed into law, and the Administration ceased implementation of the unworkable CLASS Act Program.
With HR 2, House repealed Obamacare in its entirety on January 19, 2011.
With HR2, the House passed FY2011 continuing appropriations bill contained several substantial bipartisan amendments that would severely limit the implementation of Obamacare, including:
- Prohibiting funding for any employee, officer, contractor or grantee of any department or agency funded under Labor & HHS to implement the health care provisions of Obamacare;
- Prohibiting funds in this Act from being used to implement ObamaCare;
- Prohibiting funding for the pay of officials who implement ObamaCare;
- Prohibiting funding by the IRS to implement or enforce provisions on ObamaCare related to the reporting of health insurance coverage; and
- Prohibiting funding for implementing or enforcing the many provisions including the Exchanges and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
House Ways And Means Committee successfully repeals 1099 Legislation. By doing so, they provides relief to small businesses, families and individuals.
Committee on Ways and Means approved two separate pieces of legislation to repeal the onerous 1099 reporting provisions enacted in 2010:
Read the February 17 Ways and Means press release here. The Bill was signed into law on March 3, 2011 to relieve that financial burden on small businesses and independent contractors.
- H.R. 4, the “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011”
- Repeals the onerous new Form 1099 information reporting requirements that were imposed on small businesses to help pay for the Democrats’ trillion dollar health care law.
- H.R. 705, the “Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011."
- Repeals the onerous new Form 1099 information reporting requirements that were imposed on small businesses to pay for the Democrats’ health care law;
- Repeals an additional Form 1099 information reporting requirement on owners of rental real estate; and
- Reduces improper overpayments of Exchange subsidies established under the Democrats’ health care law.
- According to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), H.R. 705 would, on net, reduce the deficit by $166 million over the 2011-2021 period.
- More than 175 organizations support 1099 repeal, including many in the small business community who signed a letter for repealing the1099 reporting provisions on job creators.
House repealed the Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund that was riddled with wasteful spending with no accountability on April 13, 2011. The next day, the House repealed the “Free Choice Voucher” program and reduced funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) by $2.2 billion, provided new tools to fight implementation and ensured no increase in IRS funding to hire additional agents to enforce the individual mandate as part of the FY2011 continuing appropriations bill and directed the Senate to vote on defunding all ObamaCare spending. On April 15, 2011, the House passed FY2012 budget which repeals and defunds ObamaCare.
On May 3, 2011, the House eliminated the ability for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to have an unlimited tap on the U.S. Treasury related to government mandated health insurance exchanges. On May 4, 2011, the House repeals an ObamaCare provision that required $200 million of mandatory “slush fund” spending solely for construction for School-Based Health Centers. On May 24, 2011, The House converted $230 million in mandatory spending for graduate medical education programs to discretionary spending, allowing teaching health centers to receive funding through the regular appropriations process with Congressional oversight. (
On August 1, 2011, the House and Senate passed Budget Control Act of 2011 put in place another mechanism to cut ObamaCare mandatory and discretionary spending.
Under ObamaCare, it was revealed that the cost of family health care premiums has increased from $13,375 To $15,073.
On November 16, 2011, House required and the President signed into law a plan for how certain benefits must be included in the calculation of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for the purposes of determining eligibility for certain health care programs under Obamacare.
On December 13, 2011, the House passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act in order to prevent Medicare doctors from facing a several pay cut and paid for it by cutting funding from an ObamaCare slush fund and other provisions.
Three days later, the House rescinded $400 million from ObamaCare CO-OPs and $10 million in funds for the IPAB (rationing board) in the FY2012 appropriations bill. The President signed this bill, which also reduced IRS funding by $305 million from FY11 levels, into law.
Nineteen state hospital associations voice their opposition to a hidden provision in ObamaCare: a sweetheart deal that benefits only hospitals in Massachusetts at the expense of hospitals in the 49 other states.
On February 1, 2012, the House repealed the CLASS Act, an Obamacare budget gimmick which was insolvent, done behind closed doors and rushed into law as a massive new unsustainable entitlement. The CLASS Act was used to disguise the short-term costs of the broader bill. On February 17, 2012, the House passed Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act returned a total of $11.6 billion from Obamacare including $5 billion in cuts to the Prevention & Public Health “slush” Fund and recouping $2.5 billion. The President signed this bill into law.
March 22nd vote against IPAB was the 26th vote to repeal all or part of ObamaCare.
In repealing IPAB, the House was firm that a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats should not be tasked with reducing Medicare costs through arbitrary cuts to providers that would limit access to care for seniors.
On March 29, 2012, the House passed the FY2013 budget. This budget not only would repeal and defund ObamaCare, it would also ensure that not a penny would be spent on the government takeover of health care.
Rep. Kevin Brady Congressman Kevin Brady speaks out on the House floor for repeal of the Independent Patient Advisory Board - March 21, 2012. Read the full speech and watch the video in the March 21 press release here.
More than 390 Groups Voice Support for Repeal of IPAB. Read the March 21 Ways and Means press release here. Read the news release on passage of the IPAB repeal here.
Created by the Democrats’ health care law, IPAB is a powerful board of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats whose sole job will be to save money by restricting access to health care for Medicare beneficiaries.
- House of Representatives voted to repeal the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) March 22.
- Created by the Democrats’ health care law, IPAB is a powerful board of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats whose sole job will be to save money by restricting access to health care for Medicare beneficiaries.
- The desire to repeal IPAB is strong and bipartisan across the nation and in Congress.
- In addition to the over 230 cosponsors of the repeal legislation (H.R. 452), more than 390 groups representing patients, doctors, and employers have written Congress, asking that IPAB be repealed.
On April 27, 2012, the House voted to prevent interest rate increases for certain student loans, paid for by repealing an Obamacare “slush” Fund.
On May 10, 2012, the House voted to replace harmful cuts to our military and defense capabilities by defunding and repealing several ObamaCare provisions including Medicaid Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements, among other provisions.
House passes Brady-sponsored bill to stop ObamaCare's new taxes on Medical Devices such as wheelchairs and MRIs and to protect Health Savings Accounts that so many Americans rely on. Read the news release here.
Supreme Court Upholds most of ObamaCare ruling that Congress can use its taxing power as punishment for not purchasing a government-mandated insurance plan. Read the news release here.
House repeals ObamaCare in its entirety as a stand alone bill - H.R. 45
House passes (signed into law) the fiscal cliff deal which repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act and rescinded unobligated CO-OP funds, amonth other provisions - H.R. 8
House passes FY2014 budget which repeals and defunds Obamcare - H.Con.Res. 25
CBO released updated information which predicts the Democrats' health care overhaul will actually cost nearly $1.8 trillion between 2012 and 2022, CBO's new budget window.
- When the Democrats' health care bill was signed into law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that it would increase spending on Medicaid and taxpayer-funded health insurance subsidies by $938 billion between 2010 and 2019.
- Republicans repeatedly pointed out, this actually hid the true costs of the health care law, because the Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchange subsidies are not scheduled to begin until 2014, five years into CBO's mandated 10-year budget window.
Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated analysis ObamaCare. Their new ObamaCare analysis is same as the old – still wrong prescription for America. Highlights include:
- Spending jumps to $1.8 trillion – With America already borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar it spends, this massive increase in federal spending is simply unsustainable.
- Four million Americans will lose employer-provided health insurance – In just one year, 2016, CBO now predicts four million more Americans will lose the health insurance they have through the workplace than CBO predicted just last year. This will force these hardworking Americans to purchase government-mandated health insurance in government-run exchanges or pay a penalty.
- Small businesses left to fend for themselves – The analysis shows that the byzantine small business tax credits are overwhelmingly being rejected by small businesses. The new analysis shows $20 billion less will go to these credits, leaving employers to struggle with the high cost of health insurance.
- More employers choose to pay a fine over providing health insurance – Many economists, and even some companies admitted, that it would be cheaper (and thus more profitable) for employers to pay the employer mandate penalty than to provide their workers with health insurance coverage. The new JCT/CBO analysis confirms more and more employers are dumping insurance coverage, largely because of the costly benefit package being mandated by the Obama Administration. In fact, JCT/CBO now predicts businesses will opt to pay an additional $15 billion in penalties instead of providing health insurance coverage to their employees.
- President Obama’s failed economic policies leading to a weaker economy, lower wages & fewer jobs – The JCT/CBO analysis explains that one of the major reasons for adjusting their predictions is due to “changes in the economic outlook.” According to the analysis, “In that forecast, the unemployment rate is higher throughout the projection periods than it was in last year’s forecast. CBO also now estimates that wages and salaries will be lower than previously anticipated.” As a result, more Americans will be forced to enroll in government-run, and taxpayer-financed, health care programs (Medicaid and CHIP).
Quick Facts about ObamaCare:
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- Causes 9 million people to lose the insurance they now have;
- Increases the already bloated deficit by $260 billion over the next decade when all the components are included;
- Adds $371 billion to the deficit by not including the Medicare physician fee schedule change, also known as the “Doc Fix” provision;
- Raises taxes by $569 billion on small businesses and creates a new marriage penalty with new income and investment taxes;
- Cuts Medicare by $523 billion;
- Increases premiums by 10% for people without employer-based insurance;
- Expands the power of the IRS to enforce a government mandate that requires Americans to purchase government-approved insurance; and
- After all the spending is done and the bill is fully implemented, 23 million people will still be uninsured in 2019.
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Committee on Ways and Means - The Prescription Pad
Joint Economic Committee ObamaCare Press Packet
Your New Health Care System as Amended by Supreme Court (06/28/12 12:48 PM PST)