- Paul Ryan: Healthcare law would fail today given its ‘broken promises’
If Congress and Americans knew how the 2010 healthcare law would limit health insurance choices, fail to lower insurance premiums, and raise taxes, it never would have become law, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) argued Tuesday evening.
Ryan was speaking on the House floor as part of the day-long debate on legislation to repeal the law, which the House will approve on Wednesday. He said the law was based on three promises from President Obama that, two years later, have been broken.
- OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Second repeal vote coming up
The House on Wednesday will vote a second time to repeal the entire healthcare reform law, giving members a chance to weigh in following the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
The vote comes as Republicans and Democrats grapple with their healthcare narratives in light of the court’s decision. The GOP has been seeking to link the law to the failing economy, while Dems say that Americans are ready to move on.
Ahead of the repeal vote, House Democrats also sought to highlight GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s past arguments in favor of an individual mandate to buy health insurance — the heart of Republicans’ objection to healthcare reform. Romney advocated for the policy as governor of Massachusetts, arguing several times that the mandate was a matter of personal responsibility.
- House GOP casts healthcare law as big government at its worst
House Republicans sought to convince their colleagues that the 2010 healthcare law needs to be repealed because it is a huge intrusion into the personal lives of Americans in a Tuesday floor debate leading up to a Wednesday vote to repeal the law.
“Rather than reform healthcare, this law epitomizes Washington at its very worst,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said on the House floor. “Intrusive mandates, higher costs, red tape, unaffordable spending, taxes on employers and families, and control of personal healthcare decisions by boards, bureaus and agencies in Washington.”
- GOP bill seeks to undercut Obama contraception mandate
Under the GOP bill, employers that object to birth control for religious reasons can refuse to cover it without penalty.
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