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Rep. Graves and Rep Collins: "Why We’re Still Working To Stop Obamacare"



By Rep. Tom Graves and Rep. Doug Collins

      We remain optimistic that Obamacare can and will be repealed. While the 2012 election results and the Supreme Court decision might seem to suggest otherwise, it’s important to remember that the law has just begun to take effect. In fact, Obamacare won’t be in full force until 2014.




            Recently, a joint report issued by the Republican members of House and Senate congressional committees shed some light on what we can expect. For Georgia, health insurance premiums are expected to increase between 61% and 100%. For young adults in Atlanta, the premium increase is projected to be as high as 179%. These are shocking financial burdens for families and young people who are already struggling under the economic hardship of the Obama years.

            Knowing what’s at stake for our families and communities, we have rallied our efforts behind the Defund Obamacare Act. The legislation would prevent your tax dollars from being used to fund Obamacare, which means its many costly, burdensome and invasive provisions would not be implemented.



            We believe the Defund Obamacare Act has an opportunity to gain traction in Congress for many reasons beyond the premium increases. Obamacare will become increasingly unpopular as its $1 trillion tax hike and 127 million hours of regulatory compliance begin to weigh down communities across the country. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 7 million Americans will lose their employer-based health insurance because of the law and that 800,000 people will lose their jobs. Other estimates say that millions of jobs will be at risk as employers transition from full-time employees to more part-time employees to deal with the high costs of the law.

            Even if Obamacare doesn’t directly impact your health insurance or job, it will reverberate throughout the entire economy, all the way to your favorite food joints and even pet care. Recently, there were news reports about Five Guys restaurants raising the price of their famous burgers and fries as a result of Obamcare and veterinarians charging more to care for pets as a result of the law’s new medical device tax.


            It’s easy for eyes to glaze over at all the numbers, statistics and warnings, but the fact is, the government has wrapped its arms around an entire sector of the economy, and the impact on our lives will be significant.

            The Obama Administration will allow consumers to begin signing up for Obamacare in October, and the whole law kicks in this coming January. With our timeline growing shorter, we’re working hard to build support for the Defund Obamacare Act now. Our bill is designed to tear the law out by every root. Not only does it protect your tax dollars from being used to put any part of the law into place, but it would also take back previously approved funding so that we get as much of our money refunded as possible.

            If need be, we are prepared for a long fight. If this law is in place come January, the severe consequences of government-centered health care will begin to take hold, and public opinion of the law will become increasingly negative. As costs rise and more people lose their jobs, we could see Americans of all political stripes turn against Obamacare in droves, and if they do, we’ll be ready to rally their support around our legislation to stop the law.


            The Defund Obamacare Act enjoyed the support of more than 70 cosponsors  during the last Congress, and we hope to build even more support during this legislative session. If we’re going to stop the law, we need every voice on our side to speak out. Tell your friends and family across the country about the Defund Obamacare Act. Urge them to contact their Member of Congress and encourage him or her to become a cosponsor.


            With less than nine months to go and the real impact of the law beginning to sink in, we have a real chance to stop Obamacare. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.


            Rep. Tom Graves (GA-14) is a member of the House Appropriations committee and the original sponsor of H.R. 1005, Defund Obamacare Act.

     Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09) is serving his first term as a Member of Congress and an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1005, Defund Obamacare Act. 


-1 #11 edge770 2013-03-21 10:14
Health care needed reform, but it's more of the process which would result in cost savings, not the insure to pay all process. For example require doctors to serve patients after hours and weekends as well as build a urgent care facility 24/7 as close to the Emergency Department as possible. Then implement smoking cessation and pay for fitness clubs for health maintenance. Not the money and taking of money. Actually improve health and access, not taking advantage of the system.
As for the budget, US is 16 trillion in debt. That must take all priority to remove BY 2023. Everything else is irrelevant. Send Graves and other politicians home permanently. Fix issues stop blaming.
Pickens Cracker
-3 #12 Pickens Cracker 2013-03-23 21:04
Golly, Pickens County is just as igner-ranting as it ever was...I know all these "I have earlobes therefore my opinion is as good as yourn" yahoos hate the black President, but the Affordable Health Care Act is a terrific thing, if you can read enough to understand it. If all you understand is Fox "news" and Tea Party propaganda, and fraudulent "representative s" like these, well, you are part of the problem.

Face it, the GOP and bush the lesser and his war crimes have trashed the economy, yet Obama has things recovering.

What will the yahoos claim next, the stock market isn't doing great? Global warming isn't real? We must be packing guns in God's house? Where you crazy sheep from? Go outside and see the facts for yourself. The GOP has become a corporate front, and has very inner-ranting followers.
+1 #13 Slarsen43 2013-03-24 18:47
The threat of Obama Care is already effecting my job. Health care needs to be affordable and available to all but not by taxing my paycheck til there is nothing. There are limited resources and they need to be used wisely, The government should be innovative in paying for health care.Force patients to be accountable, there isn't a pill to replace a healthy diet and exercise.
+1 #14 ell 2013-03-25 10:06
Good Job Pickens Cracker!!!!
You followed the Liberal agenda very well. You got racism in there.
Let's see Bush has alleged War Crimes but it's okay for Obama to order Drone attacks on American citizens!
The economy is recovering..... .I think the correct term is the economy is stagnent!!!!
Global warming.......I think the real question is is it man's doing or a natural cycle?
As for the right to bear arms........... .I know lib's hate the constitution but deal with it.
You forgot one thing!!! Liberals are all about equal opportunity and choice......... ..except when it comes to s.

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