Washington, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, voted in favor of legislation today that would repeal the health care reform law of 2010.
She spoke on the House floor today explaining her vote. A transcript of her remarks is below. To watch the video, click here.
“I rise in strong support of this legislation today to repeal ObamaCare because the control of health care and health care decisions belong in the hands of patients and families and their doctors.
“ObamaCare was a Big Government takeover of one of the most personal aspects of our lives.
“I come to this debate as a mom and as a wife. I have two children – one that was born with special needs – and I understand first-hand talking to so many within the disabilities community, and I hear their fear of not being able to find the doctors, not being able to find the therapists, within the Medicaid programs or within TRICARE because these are government programs that are too often making false promises.
“I think about my parents who are signing up for Medicare, and over $500 billion in cuts to the Medicare program and in Eastern Washington, it is very difficult to find a doctor right now who will take a new Medicare patient. Because of Obamacare, my family, like millions all across this country, are facing longer lines, fewer doctors, and lower quality of care. We can and we must do better.
“If we don’t repeal this law, the results are going to be disastrous. CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, is already estimating that 20 million Americans will lose their employer-provided health insurance. Health care premiums continue to soar. Innovation and life-saving technology and devices are being threatened.
“The first step to putting individuals and families back in charge of their health care is to repeal ObamaCare, and I urge support.”