TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region, strongly supports H.R. 6079, the “Repeal of Obamacare Act,” which would repeal the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).”
While the Supreme Court found the majority of the law constitutional, this ruling does not change the reality that the health care law is fundamentally flawed. Indeed, Chief Justice Roberts, commenting on the PPACA in his opinion, stated that “members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law,” but that they possessed “neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments.” Left unchanged, this law will cost many Americans their employer-based health insurance, undermine job creation, and continue to raise health care costs for all. The Chamber reaffirms its desire to work toward a comprehensive, bipartisan solution that improves quality and reduces cost.
Regrettably, the health care legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010 remains inconsistent with advancing a practical and meaningful solution to health care reform. The law does little to achieve one of the primary goals of health care reform: to “bend the health care cost curve downwards.” The PPACA imposes on businesses mandates and penalties that discourage job growth, increases taxes and burdens on small businesses, creates dangerous new entitlements while cutting Medicare, and creates new plan requirements that will increase costs. Since the law was enacted, Chamber members have begun to feel the harmful effects of the new law, particularly the crushing regulatory burden and uncertainty. Many of the fears expressed by the business community have been confirmed and exacerbated by the unreasonable and compressed time frame provided for implementation.
The Chamber urged Congress in 2009 and 2010 to step back and start over on bipartisan legislation. We renew this call now with our support of H.R. 6079. The Chamber will consider including votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 6079 in our annual How They Voted scorecard.
R. Bruce Josten