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Reed Votes to Repeal Obamacare

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Washington, DC, January 20, 2011 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed voted this evening in favor of repealing the “Obamacare” health care reform law which was passed in 2010.

“The people spoke last November,” Reed explained. “The message I heard loud and clear was that they wanted this 2500 page monstrosity repealed.”

Reed cited four reasons for his vote: “New York State cannot afford to enact this because it actually prohibits any Medicaid reforms,” Reed said. “Medicaid is the largest cost to our counties and our property taxes.”
“Beyond New York, our nation cannot afford this,” Reed continued. “We do not have the trillions of dollars necessary to implement this.  And finally, this bill did nothing to address the root problem of our health care system, which is the cost of services.”

“This repeal vote begins the process of putting brakes on Obamacare before complete implementation in 2014.  Now we can immediately begin discussion of what to keep in the replacement legislation, focusing on bipartisan reforms we agree on such as prohibiting denial of coverage for pre-existing illnesses, closing the donut hole, allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, and extending coverage to those under 26,” Reed said. “But we’ll do it in a manner which will lower costs and increase choice for patients. Until then, jobs will continue to be lost as premiums rise.”


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