Rep. Kelly Supports Full Repeal of Obamacare on House Floor

May 16, 2013 Issues: Health Care
Rep. Kelly Supports Full Repeal of Obamacare  on House Floor

Rep. Kelly: "Obamacare is making this nation sick"


WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means committee, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 45, to fully repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“This could’ve been a miraculous piece of legislation.

“Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if both sides of the aisle had been able to work on it? Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have some debate, some amendment on it? Wouldn’t it have been wonderful not to have to wait until midnight and shove it down the American people’s throat? And wouldn’t it have been wonderful for guys like me, who have small businesses, to actually be able to look at this and think to the future, ‘…I can actually plan.’

“Obamacare is making this nation sick. It’s having a terrible effect on our economy; it’s keeping people from hiring. … It drives a wedge between business owners and business operators and their employees and their associates. That’s the biggest problem. We’re trying to make those people – the owners, the managers of the business – the bad guys. Listen — the bad guy in this case is the United States government. We have done something that is absolutely reprehensible. You cannot do that to people who make a living working with each other and then put them on opposite sides of a case.

“Better health care? Absolutely. Affordable? Accessible? Absolutely. This piece of legislation did not do that. … There was so little concern at the time it was crafted to even bring the providers to the table and ask their opinion.

“We’re not going to quit trying [to repeal Obamacare] until we go to the will of the American people. I would tell you all: please go out to your constituents, go out to the people who actually create the jobs, and find out how difficult we’ve made it for them with this piece of legislation.”