Standing with Oklahomans
Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the government without funding ObamaCare. I have urged Senate Majority Leader to take up this legislation as soon as possible in the Senate. Now is our opportunity to deal with ObamaCare, and I stand with Oklahomans who are saying this law must go.
I have received thousands of phones calls, letters, and emails from you expressing great concerns with the President's burdensome health care law. I share your concerns. ObamaCare is already having grave impacts on individuals, small businesses, and the future of our country. Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt is leading Oklahoma in efforts to dismantle the law on the basis of taxes, and I continue to pursue every effort in the Senate to prevent this disastrous law from fully being implemented.
Despite the Administration's promises, ObamaCare is not improving our health care system nor is it bringing down costs. Rather, ObamaCare imposes roughly $500 billion in new taxes on individuals and businesses, cuts Medicare funding by $523 billion, and represents an unprecedented expansion of the federal government's control over health care. As ObamaCare is being implemented, it has given us a disturbing glimpse of our country's future. This law is already encroaching upon Americans' religious liberties, diminishing full-time job opportunities, and adding to our already skyrocketing federal debt. ObamaCare must be repealed.
The President's recent actions show recognition that this law is a bad deal for Americans. The President has signed 14 bills into law that have amended, repealed or changed portions of ObamaCare. Independent of Congress, he has also delayed implementation of five of its key provisions.
Since 2010, I have cosponsored bills, filed amicus briefs, and sent letters to help in efforts to put a stop to ObamaCare. This summer, I joined my colleagues Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in notifying Majority Leader Harry Reid that we will not support any spending bills in the Senate which further fund ObamaCare. The Senate is now considering a funding bill to keep the government operating after Oct. 1, and I remain firm in my promise that I will not support any proposal that funds this disastrous health care law.
In the event that my colleagues and I are unable to delay or repeal ObamaCare during this current budget battle, I have signed on to an effort to stop taxpayer subsidies for Members of Congress and their staffs in ObamaCare's insurance exchanges. I have also joined an effort to block labor unions from receiving a special carve out that they requested after admitting the law would hamper their members' access to quality care. Additionally, I have cosponsored the Trust But Verity Act that would ensure the personal, private information of Americans who are enrolled in the health care exchanges is secured with proper privacy and data security safeguards.
We have a difficult battle ahead of us, but I stand alongside the many in Congress, across America, and in Oklahoma that will not let this rest until proper action is taken.