(WASHINGTON) — On the day after the release of June’s disappointing jobs data, New York’s Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle says the urgency for a full repeal of President Obama’s health care law is growing.
With unemployment stuck at 8.2 percent, Buerkle says the U.S. can’t afford the Affordable Care Act, which she says is “driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.”
Just last week, the Supreme Court upheld the president’s signature health care law, saying its mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance was legal under Congress’ power to levy taxes. While the ruling was a huge political victory for the president, Republicans have accused the president of imposing a tax.
The New York congresswoman, who has worked as a nurse and a health care attorney, agrees with her party and says the health care law “carries an astronomical price tag and a mess of regulations, taxes and fees [which] fosters a climate of uncertainty and instability” for the economy.
Buerkle adds that Americans “know what must be done,” and notes that 74 percent of small business owners report more difficulty in hiring new employees, according to data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Claiming that Obamacare “flies in the face of what America is supposed to be,” Buerkle calls for a full repeal of the law to “revitalize our economy.”
“I know how important it is to ensure families and doctors make these decisions — not Washington,” she says in the address.
The House is expected to vote next week on a full repeal of Obama’s health care law as part of Republicans’ push to remove government barriers to job creation in the private sector.
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Azadeh Ansari and Angela Dewan, CNN
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