U.S. Representative Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the House of Representatives has approved legislation to repeal President Obama’s burdensome and costly health care reform law pursued and passed by the then-Speaker Pelosi-led Congress last year. Rogers is a cosponsor of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which passed the House by a vote of 245 to 189.
“For the last two years, the White House has repeatedly ignored the wishes of the American people and pushed through a costly, big government agenda,” stated Rogers. “There is no better example of this disregard than the budget-busting, job-killing health care bill that will add at least $701 billion to our deficit while doing nothing to bring down health care costs. Even worse, government bureaucrats are given greater control of medicine than local doctors and patients. Instead, this boondoggle saddles working families and small businesses with more taxes and costly red tape eventually hindering access to affordable, quality care. The path to greater patient choice and lower costs begins with today’s repeal, and as the 112th Congress continues to deliberate on this important issue, I look forward to passing common-sense legislation that will open up access and ensure America’s health care system remains the greatest in the world.”
Over the last year, Rogers has cosponsored several pieces of legislation to repeal the Democrat government take-over of health care and replace it with legislation that focuses on lowering health care premiums and empowering doctors and patients. This includes the enactment of medical liability reform to rein in junk lawsuits and stop “defensive” medicine, allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines so that families have more choices, the expansion of health savings accounts, strengthening the doctor-patient relationship, ensuring access for patients with pre-existing conditions and a permanent prohibition taxpayer funding of abortion.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, access to affordable health care, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.