Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

Congress Must Repeal ObamaCare

August 30, 2013

ObamaCare is a train wreck for American individuals, families and businesses.  The Obama Administration has already made clear that it’s plan is not coming together as envisioned – having delayed or missed 56% of its legally imposed deadlines.

Here are eight reasons why ObamaCare is bad for all Americans:

  • Americans will be forced to pay massive taxes to fund the law.  Starting next year, anyone not buying government-approved health insurance must pay a tax penalty.
  • Employers are laying off and cutting full-time employees so they don’t have to face new government mandates.  A survey found that 74% of small businesses will fire workers and cut hours.  Since President Obama has taken office, the economy has added 7 times more part-time jobs than it has created full-time jobs due in part to ObamaCare’s employer mandate which requires businesses to cover their full-time employees or face an expensive penalty.
  • Health insurance premiums will sky-rocket.  Californians will see an increase of individual premiums between 64% – 146%.  In fact, some of the hardest hit areas will be Orange County and San Diego.
  • You will be required to answer to the IRS.  Under ObamaCare, all Americans will be required to submit and trust IRS agents with personal health information that will be further shared with other federal and state bureaucrats – potentially opening the door to more abuse, more targeting and more harassment of American citizens.
  • If you like your current health coverage, you might not be able to keep it.  Some companies are dropping employees and spouses from insurance plans because of rising ObamaCare costs.
  • The government will have even more control over your healthcare decisions.
  • It stifles American competiveness and innovation.  To help pay for ObamaCare, the Administration imposed a 2.3% tax on all medical devices resulting in manufactures having to divert money or cut back on other expenditures – such as research and development, new technology and hires.
  • It exacerbates our shortage of doctors.  America is projected to face a shortage of 91,000 doctors in 2020.  One survey found that 43% of doctors are moving up their retirement within the next five years because of the healthcare law.  Fewer doctors results in limited access to care.

ObamaCare must be repealed so that American families, individuals and businesses have the freedom to choose quality, affordable healthcare that meets their individual needs.