Shelby co-sponsors repeal of ‘Obamacare’

Published 3:51 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Wednesday co-sponsored legislation known as the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which seeks to repeal the health care reform law that was signed into law last year.

“America has the best health care in the world. Because government will now play a central role in our health care system, Obamacare will destroy the quality of care and lead to rationing of it. This top priority on the liberal agenda was jammed through Congress without any bipartisan support, and the American people reject it.

“Despite the false claims of improving health care for all, the bill actually dramatically increases taxes, cuts deeply into Medicare programs, fails to prohibit federally funded abortions, interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, threatens job creation, and fails to control health care costs. This expanded government role will also have disastrous effects on our fiscal and economic situation. A new entitlement will never save our country money, no matter how much budgetary smoke and mirrors President Obama uses to try and make that case. We simply cannot afford it. Moreover, Obamacare will spawn massive bureaucracy and onerous regulations. Businesses will not hire in such a burdensome and uncertain regulatory environment. Red tape is the enemy of job creation.

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“I firmly support full repeal of Obamacare. We must replace it with sensible reforms that focus on lowering costs, improving access and strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.”