Republicans want law off the books that destroys jobs, raises taxes, and creates uncertainty among small businesses
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, (H.R. 2) the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 245-189.  Congressman Alan Nunnelee is a cosponsor of the repeal legislation. 
            “Today I cast an important vote to repeal Obamacare. This vote fulfills a pledge that I made to the people of North Mississippi,” said Nunnelee.  “When our country is trying to emerge from a recession, the worst thing we can do is enact a law that destroys jobs, raises taxes and adds burdensome mandates on our small businesses. 
“Not only does this bill severely stifle small business growth, but I am also afraid that a government takeover of health care will lead to a race of mediocrity.  Mississippi has been a proven leader in medical innovations. The University of Mississippi Medical Center was the first to perform a heart transplant, lung transplant and kidney autotransplant.  I, myself, am the beneficiary of a medical miracle, corneal transplantation.  We owe it to our children, grandchildren and future generations to not be mediocre, but to be exceptional.  
“Clearly something has to be done about this vastly unpopular law.  Our health care system is by no means adequate and our goal is to not only repeal, but to replace.  We need to provide buying pools so that individuals in small businesses get the same tax advantages that larger companies receive and ensure access for patients with pre-existing conditions.
“A lot of people want to play the ‘what if’ game.  What will the Senate do?  What do we expect the President will do?  It is premature to play this game.  Our job is to listen to the American people and drive the conservative message by passing this repeal and giving the Senate and the President the opportunity to act.  Then, we can make strategic actions as to what to do next.  But, it starts with this repeal and it starts now,” concluded Nunnelee.
The Job Destroying Health Care Law is bad for Mississippi:
·         Will cost the State of Mississippi $1.7 billion over 10 years, including $443 million in year 10 alone
·         Will extend the Medicaid program to 400,000 new individuals in Mississippi, leaving a program Mississippians cannot afford
·         Will cost taxpayers in Mississippi an extra $225 to $250 million a year for FY 2014-2010 to fund the dramatic increase in the Medicaid program

The Job Destroying Health Care Law is bad for America:
·         Costs $2.6 trillion when fully implemented and adds $701 billion to the deficit in its first ten years according to House Budget Committee projections
·         Includes over $500 billion in tax increases
·         Includes more than one-half trillion dollars in Medicare cuts that harm our seniors
·         Includes burdensome mandates:
o   Requires employers to file IRS 1099 paperwork for transactions over $600
o   Imposes a $2,000 tax per employee for employers who fail to offer coverage deemed acceptable by the government
o   The National Federation of Independent Business estimates an employer mandate would destroy 1.6 million jobs
·         Departs from the over 30 year bipartisan effort to prevent government money from funding abortion and abortion coverage
·         Makes health care coverage more expensive for millions of Americans and does not guarantee that you can keep your current coverage

Thursday, the House will vote on a resolution calling for congressional committees to report legislation replacing the job-killing health care law. 
Congressman Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi’s First Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee.  This is his first term.
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