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Rep. Jason Altmire Opposes Repeal of Health Care Reform Law

House voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care overhaul.

U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-4th District, released a statement today (Wednesday) explaining why he opposes repealing the 2010 health care reform law.

House lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care overhaul—the latest in a long line of anti-ObamaCare votes, but the first vote since the Supreme Court upheld the law, according to Fox News.

The vote was 244 to 185, with five Democrats voting for repeal—Jim Matheson of Utah, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, and Mike Ross of Arkansas, according to NBC Politics on msnbc.com. 

No Republicans voted against the repeal.

“I will not support the repeal bill that is being put forth by House leadership and faces certain defeat in the Senate. Congress needs do what we should have been doing all along—working together in a bipartisan fashion to improve upon the law and bring down health care costs," Altmire stated.

“When this vote came before the House the first time, I refused to waste the time and resources of the American taxpayers by engaging in a purely partisan exercise that had no chance of becoming law. 

 “I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the parts of this legislation that are bad policy—including the 2.3 percent tax imposed on American-manufactured medical devices—and enact real reforms that improve the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans."

Altmire said he originally voted against the 2010 health care reform bill because his constituents were overwhelmingly against it, and he believed the bill was flawed policy.

"I never argued, however, that it was unconstitutional, and now that the Supreme Court has upheld the law, including the individual mandate, health care providers, hospitals, and doctors can move forward with implementation knowing that the patients they see will have coverage," Altmire said. "The decision also provides certainty to American families, businesses and the government as they plan for the long-term."

 

What do you think about Altmire's stand on the 2010 health care reform law, which is also called Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.

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Robert Dorff July 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
REP. ALTMIRE has explained himself courageously and admirably. He should be added to JFK'S list of "PROFILES IN COURAGE."
Charles July 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Something drastic needs to be done to the healthcare system, costs and coverage's are out of control, AND we need some form of universal coverage like every other industrialized nation. BTW Debra: we do NOT have the best health care system in the world, we have the 37th health care system in the world; as stated by the New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910064)
Outraged Citizen July 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@JDB – Steve isolated his comments to the topic of healthcare – liberals are so selfish. A better question would have been, “Is asking taxpayers to pay for the healthcare of others liberal?” Oh well, another time maybe. Your comparison (healthcare v. wars) is not analogous as it compares apples and oranges. Forcing citizens to buy a private commodity (subsidized at taxpayer expense) is not the same as a department of government carrying out lawful orders. Therefore, it is a non sequitur to the issue at hand. All that said, I do applaud you for your community service.
Charles July 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
That article does not state how many of those were for elective cosmetic surgery which is not covered in Canada. Incomplete information from which to draw any conclusions.
Charles July 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I think its far more dangerous to ANY citizen to consider healthcare "private", it gives absolute power to the healthcare system and that is exactly what we see today. Even though its it's only a quote from a movie, i wholeheartedly believe: "The day we stop fighting for each other is the day we lose our humanity."
Laura Pavlecic July 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
This is the 33rd time the Republican lead congress has voted to repeal Obamacare, do they not get it? The Senate will not repeal, stop wasting our money and get on with bipartisan work. Jason Altmire gets it, it is time to accept that it has been voted in and work together. This last repeal has cost the taxpayers 50 million dollars, I have not found a statistic that captures the cost of the other 32 times, plus the cost to have a decision by the supreme court. Would be interesting to add it up. I would think 50 million dollars could pay for a lot of flu shots, immunizations and wellness visits.
steve July 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Charles, Charles, Charles "costs and coverage's are out of control" BECAUSE of government subsidies and regulations. AND YOU WANT MORE OF THEM!!! Think man. Think. And "universal coverage" will only ensure that everyone has access to the same dimished quality of care. Do you think aspirins were free when they were invented???? NO!!!! But if it was up to people who think like you, tylenol and advil would have never been invented, since you would have seized all the profits of the aspirin makers to ensure that everybody gets "free" aspirin. Think man. Think. Google "Avastin UK". I received this drug for chemotherapy for stage IV cancer, and IT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UK. Think man. Think.
steve July 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Charles, Charles, Charles, there you go again, you think "its far more dangerous to ANY citizen to consider healthcare "private", it gives absolute power to the healthcare system and that is exactly what we see today." Woud you rather give all the power to the US government? They have done such a good job managing social security and medicaid. NOT!!!! Let me ask you this, if you are on the table, who would you rather have taking the scaple to YOUR liver, a highly compensated, motivated individual who graduated at the top of his class and and has 15 years of education and internships, OR some affirmative-action, DMV reject HACK, who belongs to the SEIU union????? Be honest Charles -- it's your liver.
steve July 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Good point EDR. It's called "moral hazaard" - when the productive people see unproductive people being subsidized by the government, the productive people stop producing and join the unproductive.
Outraged Citizen July 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Laura – CBS is reporting the cost of all repeal attempts totals around $48 million, not just the last attempt. Not to trivialize that total, but it’s based on 80 hours of House floor time the appeals have taken for debates and votes. Debating and voting on legislation is their job. Not that it is any consolation to you, but I would rather Congress vote 33 times on something that’s actually important, rather than wasting time on whether baseball players used steroids, the need for a playoff system in college football or funding studies to find out mating habits of titmice.
Outraged Citizen July 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
@Charles – There is a difference between healthcare services and health insurance – a concept most people cannot grasp. What Obamacare mandates is that all citizens buy a commodity (health insurance) from a private company (insurance provider) or face a tax. But it goes further. It also mandates that taxpayers subsidize the commodity (health insurance) for those the government deems to indigent to pay for the commodity (health insurance) themselves. To accomplish this, Congress created no fewer than 21 taxes to fund this boondoggle. One might ask, “Why is the government doing this?” The government is doing this to manipulate demand in hopes of driving down costs. Is it the role of government to manipulate commerce? Of course it is not the role of government. But who cares as long as people believe the new taxes will only hit those "greedy 1%ers" resulting in their premiums going down. Yay for free Obama money! You left me with a quote, let me do the same, “Ten percent is good enough for Jesus. Well it oughta be enough for Uncle Sam.”
Charles July 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@Outraged Citizen, sounds like your more outraged at the government for much more than this attempt at healthcare reform, if that's the case we agree. I'd agree with your quote too if you changed "Jesus" to "God" (because tithing is an old testament command: Deuteronomy 14:22-29) and if the 10% applied to every industry except churches. Yes I'm saying Goliath's which so obviously are extremely profitable in a monopoly type environment (non-profits like Highmark and UPMC) for example should loose their non-profit status. BTW, I'm not a liberal I'm a Libertarian which is far more conservative than the current GOP.
Stacy July 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I like the fact that he (Alt.) tried to explain to people that Republicans are once again wasting time in Congress. They refuse to vote on a jobs bill but keep beating the hell out of health care. Selfish and wasteful people.
Stacy July 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Thank you, Laura, for pointing this out. Republicans just keep wasting our tax dollars and I am sick of it....and yet bizarrely you have all these Republican folks saying they are against waste.
Stacy July 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM
OC: The jobs bill is important and yet Republicans refuse to vote on it. Constant fighting is costing us Americans real money....it has to stop.
Outraged Citizen July 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM
@Stacy – Let’s be intellectually honest here. We can point the finger at both sides for not voting on legislation the other side thinks is important. The reason the House has passed a repeal of Obamacare 33 times is because the Democrats in the Senate have failed to call it up for a vote 32 times. Placing this behavior solely at the door of Republicans doesn’t move the discussion forward; it only continues the partisanship you say you abhor.
Outraged Citizen July 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM
@Charles – You don’t call yourself “Outraged” if you’re generally a happy person! You’re right, I don’t like government waste. But I hate the erosion of personal freedom even more. You left me with a quote from a movie; I left you with one from a song. Chillax!
Jacob Pavlecic July 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM
First off, Obama is not a socialist. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/jun/29/mark-neumann/obama-and-team-socialists-wisconsin-gop-senate-can/ Second, the health care law will REDUCE the deficit. http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2012/jul/11/american-commitment/tv-ad-says-health-laws-cost-2-trillion-double-what/ Read the facts, not what some pundit yells on the radio or tv.
Stacy July 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM
....and yet, OC, you are ignoring the fact that republicans refuse to vote on a job bill, and at a time when they scream about how this country needs more jobs.
Stacy July 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
@Jacob: thanks for posting the facts. Now if only some folks wanted to actually hear the real facts then we would get somewhere, lol!
Regina J July 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Well Stacy, the reason WHY businesses aren't hiring is because of this healthcare law. They need to trim their workforce because of taxes they will be required to pay due to the rolling scale. Also, the Bush tax cuts are due to expire Jan. 1. EVERYONE'S taxes will go up. Cap gains , estate tax, all taxes. Business owners are nervous. Things are uncertain. If Obama loses, you'll see the economy improve and businesses start to hire again!!
Roger July 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Ditto to what Regina said. When somebody chastises businesses for not using available cash to hire new workers, I never hear any of them saying they would do the same. In other words, when asked to risk their own cash, their words of suggesting others risk theirs, the demand goes hollow. At this time, why would ANY business expand and hire new workers? The aroma coming from DC is filled with uncertainty. Remember December of 2010? Tax rates for 2011 were not established until a couple of days before January 1! Now, we are out less than six months before January 1, 2013, and what is settled? Fed income tax rates? Capital Gains tax rates? Dividend tax rates? Payroll tax rates? Estate tax rates and rules? Health insurance premium rates? Oh yes, the codes are all in place for the changes. But, will Congress have the political will to let them stand? History tells us that the uncertainty will fill the air until December 31, 2012. Many who are critical of businesses believe that business planning happens just like Congress's actions on tax bills, wait until the last possible minute. Psssst, ... does not happen that way. Leadership for our nation coming from DC, .... nah, it isn't happening!
Charles July 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Interesting @Outraged, you oppose all manner of health care reform and possible "hidden" taxes, but your perfectly content (if not pleased) to have your representation waste millions of dollars and 1000 of hours voting on dead-end legislation that instead could be used to work on much more important legislation than some that has already passed, AND been declared constitutional. What kind of conservatism do you call this? Sounds ambiguous to me. I think some conservative introspection is in order.
Charles July 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
@Steve, anybody can throw stones, what is your proposal for re-mediating the ailments of the US health care/health insurance (because in non-socialized medicine we are forced to consider them conjointly). I hear all the negative about "Obamacare" which was patterned after "Romneycare" which was originally a "Nixoncare" idea. I'd like to hear some all encompassing remedy which does not leave children, women, and men dying because they are not paid enough or cannot afford to pay for healthcare or the selectively granted and exorbitantly priced insurance? We as humans should not be forcing natural selection on our fellow humans because of a man made concept of economics. I always thought we were better than that, but I'm seeing lately that many are not.
Stacy July 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
What a twisted pile of bs this is, Steve. People who are FOR affordable health care are selfish? I think that selfish is the people that are so buffered from what is happening with so many Americans that they couldn't care less for those LESS fortunate than them. That, my friend, is selfish and don't ever pretend that your lack of care for those people who are suffering is anything less than selfish. Thank God you haven't called yourself a Christian; the hypocrisy would be too much to bare.
Stacy July 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000 Regina (and Roger) That is not true what you are saying about companies. If you look at the real facts then you will see that companies were laying off and not hiring workers long before the Affordable Care Act was signed. Laying off American workers and not hiring American workers has little, if anything, to do with ACA. Foreign workers on visas effect the hiring of American workers much more, but that is another topic. Either way: The ACA is not what is causing companies to not hire American workers: Check out the timeline and facts.
Roger July 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Stacy, do you own a company that pays for health insurance for the employees? Do you manage the finances of a company that makes budgets for the HR department? What is certain about health care costs for 2013, 2014, 2015 for budgets? Your assertions about the timing has nothing to do with 2013, 2014, etc. Yes, companies were laying off workers in 2008, but the financial climate was different at that time. We've had previous exchanges, and you are unable to tell us what is certain with regard to financial obligations for a business. This includes health care, taxes, regulations, etc. If you know in your mind that all these items have a high level of certainty, then start telling the story to business owners. We aren't buying the current story, but maybe you have a different one.
Stacy July 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Dear Roger, What I said exactly relates to what was being written by Regina. To say that companies are not hiring because of ACA is not true and facts and a timeline prove that. Again: companies were laying off and not adding American workers long before ACA was signed. That is exactly correct.
Charles July 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@Roger, I own a company. The cost uncertainty with ACA is no more uncertainty than we've been experiencing the last 20 years with regards to how much insurance carriers decided to raise their rates on our policies and which portion of those cost increases would be passed-on to employees (who at times were in a pay freeze), and what costs would be absorbed by the company to keep the benefits package competitive to aid in employee retention. These unpredictable cost increases were in no way tied to any measurable cost factor to forecast them for any number of years...even one year. Your conjuring economic environments to suit your argument or point-of-view, which is an un-defendable position to take.

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