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Cole Calls for Repeal of Obamacare

January 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 2 - a bill to repeal Obamacare. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives on January 19.

"I rise to support H.R. 2, the repeal of last year's so-called health bill.

"The American people, quite frankly, have never liked this bill, as they demonstrated last November. You can't find a poll where it's ever cracked 50 percent in approval. And those wanting to repeal it have generally always been above that mark.

"The bill itself may be unconstitutional; over 20 states are now challenging it in federal court. It's certainly likely to be unworkable. The creation of dozens of boards, agencies and commissions with rule-making authority, the fact that hundreds of companies have already asked for waivers under the legislation suggest it's going to be a bureaucratic nightmare.

"But finally and most importantly, the bill itself is fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable. The idea that we would take hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare at a time the Baby Boomer generation is beginning to retire is irresponsible. We need savings to sustain Medicare. So I urge this house to take the fiscally responsible course, repeal this bill, and start over and give the American people the health care bill they deserve and the health care bill they can afford."