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Congressman Stephen Fincher

Representing the 8th District of TENNESSEE

Repealing Obamacare: A Two Year Anniversary to Forget

Mar 23, 2012
Weekly Updates

Today, marks two years since Obamacare was passed through the democratic-lead House of Representatives and Senate.   During the last election, the outcry surrounding this law was so great that the House of Representatives changed leadership to the republicans. 

In keeping my promise, I have voted 26 times to repeal, defund, or dismantle Obamacare.  This week, I voted in favor of the Protecting Access to Healthcare Act, or the PATH Act. This bill will dismantle the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats tasked with making major Medicare cuts, which are likely to severely limit seniors’ access to treatments and services.  Passage of the PATH Act is a victory for seniors, people with disabilities, and the doctors that provide care for them.  If left in place, the IPAB bureaucrats could make decisions that would threaten seniors’ access to health care. This is the problem with Obamacare, it takes the power away from the people and puts it in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.  It is my hope the democrat controlled Senate will now take action to repeal Obamacare.  

What I hear most from Tennesseans is they want responsible solutions to healthcare, not a total government takeover. Next week the Supreme Court will take up the issue of the constitutionality of Obamacare.  I supported two amicus briefs which call into question the individual mandate. I believe it is unconstitutional for the federal government to force everyone in our country to purchase healthcare insurance. I will continue to support common sense, patient-centered solutions that lower costs and increase access to care for Tennesseans.

Click here to see the structural organization of Obamacare and what it means for your healthcare.

Obamacare by the numbers: What Republicans have done

$305 million: The amount that has been defunded from IRS hampering their ability to implement tax provisions within Obamacare.

26: Total number of floor votes we have taken to repeal, defund, or dismantle the law.

3: Number of programs that have been halted.