Rigell Asks Leadership to Defund Affordable Care Act in Approps Process

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2013-09-06 11:38:48
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Rigell Urges Leadership to Defund Universal Health Care Law in Upcoming
Appropriations Process

Backs House Legislation to Defund Affordable Care Act

Washington – Congressman Scott Rigell recently asked House Republican leadership to use ‘the power of the purse’ to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as part of appropriations work in September. Rigell also announced his support of H.R. 2682, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Rigell said: “This fall, Congress has the opportunity to exert its influence and include language in our appropriations bills to defund the Affordable Care Act. I agree with dozens of my colleagues who recently signed onto a letter recommending this and believe that action is needed to spare America from mandatory government-run health care.”

Rigell pointed out the devastating, but not unexpected, impact the law is having on employers, some of whom are beginning to drop coverage for employees’ family members.  Last month both the University of Virginia and UPS announced changes to their employee coverage plans because of the health care law.

“Businesses are reeling with the costs and uncertainty presented by the Affordable Care Act,” said Rigell. “This is hurting American families in my district and across the country.”

Labor unions have also expressed opposition to the health care overhaul recently. The Teamsters, United Food and Commercial International Union, and UNITE-HERE shared this sentiment in a letter to Democratic Leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi: “On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.”

Rigell has been a vocal opponent of the health care law and has voted to repeal it more than 30 times, advocating instead for a more patient-focused solution that reins in medical costs, such as H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act. When Congress returns in September, he will formally co-sponsor H.R. 2682, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, introduced by Georgia Representative Tom Graves.




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