Roby: ‘Health Care Mandate is a Massive Tax on Americans’

July 11, 2012
Press Release

U.S. Representative Martha Roby voted today in favor of legislation that would repeal the President’s health care law. In a vote of 244 to 185, the House passed H.R. 6079, The Repeal of Obamacare Act, earlier today. Rep. Roby is a cosponsor of the bill. The House took up the vote following the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold the President’s Health Care law. 

Rep. Roby staunchly opposes Obamacare and has voted more than 30 times in her first term to repeal, replace, or defund the law. She understands the need to reform the nation’s health care system and believes it can be done by implementing market-based reforms that actually lower cost, increase access, and maintain high quality of care.

Rep. Roby spoke on the House floor in favor of The Repeal of Obamacare Act. Her full remarks are below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6097, The Repeal Obamacare Act, of which I am a proud co-sponsor.

“Of course, on March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the largest health care overhaul in the history of the United States. Sadly, it is less about providing quality health care for all citizens and more about expanding the scope of the federal government.

“And the law failed to address the number one health care concern that families and employers have, and that’s cost. Under the individual mandate, each individual will absolutely be penalized or taxed – we’ll call it a tax because the Supreme Court did – if in America, this free country, that person chooses to remain uninsured or purchase health care that is not government approved, and that is regardless of their income.

“Despite the Court’s ruling, a significant number of Americans continue to oppose Obamacare and they are encouraging Congress to take immediate action. Americans and their doctors, not federal bureaucrats and politicians, are in the best position to determine which health care options best meet their individual needs.

“Regardless of the Court’s decision, many problems within the law remain present, many of which have a significant impact on small businesses. The American people do not want a one-size-fits-all health care system that imposes numerous mandates, regulations, and tax hikes on employers and employees. This will be devastating not just to my home state of Alabama, but also to the nation.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve our health care system by implementing market-based reforms that actually lower cost, increase access, and maintain high quality of care for all Americans.

“I urge my colleagues to listen to the voices of the American people and support H.R. 6097.”

Note: President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. In the 111th Congress, the House of Representatives passed the legislation on March 21, 2010 by a vote of 219 to 212 and the Senate passed the legislation on December 24, 2009 by a vote of 60 to 39.  The text of the bill, as enacted, can be found here. The Supreme Court’s opinion can be found here.