Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: Repeal Obamacare

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 22, 2012   |   11:33AM   |   Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the need to repeal and replace Obamacare, the pro-abortion an dpro-rationing health care law pro-life groups oppose:

“Yesterday, I outlined a number of the broken promises we’ve seen in connection with the Democrat health care law: from the promise of being able to keep the plan you have and like, to the promise of protecting Medicare, to the promise of lowering premiums, to the promise of lowering health care costs

“Democrats also said that taxes wouldn’t go up, and existing conscience protections would be respected.

“Looking back, it seems like there wasn’t anything Democrats, including the President, weren’t willing to promise in order to get this bill across the finish line. But there’s another category of disappointments too, and that’s all the aspects of this bill Democrats’ didn’t even talk about before it passed.

“As then-Speaker Pelosi famously said, ‘We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.’

“And one of the things Americans found out about was something called IPAB — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats empowered by this law to make additional cuts to Medicare based on arbitrary cost-control targets. As a result of this new board, 15 bureaucrats would now have the power — without any accountability — to make changes to Medicare.

“What’s more, there is no judicial or administrative review of the IPAB personnel or recommendations.

“IPAB isn’t answerable to voters, and it can’t be challenged in the courts.

“Its main role, as The Wall Street Journal editorial board put it, will be, ‘the inevitable dirty work of denying care.’

“In an effort to control spending, IPAB will limit patient access to medical care.

“It’s that simple. And, frankly, it’s unacceptable.

“Republicans recognize the problem with Medicare spending and the need for reform.

“We also recognize that IPAB isn’t the answer.

“This is just one more reason the Democrat health care bill needs to be repealed and replaced. And that’s why even Democrats are co-sponsoring a bill to repeal it in the House, calling it ‘a flawed policy that will risk beneficiary access to care.’

“So this isn’t just a Republican issue. There’s strong bipartisan opposition to it.

“Look: if the President himself doesn’t even want to talk about this law anymore, and even Democrats are sponsoring repeal of parts of their own law in the House, it should be pretty obvious there’s a fundamental problem here.

“We need to reform health care. But this reform made things worse. The evidence and broken promises are all around us. It’s time the President acknowledged it. And it’s time the two parties came together and did something about it.

“It’s time to repeal the Democrat health care law and replace it with the kind of common-sense reforms Americans really want, reforms that actually lower costs, and which put health care back in the hands of individuals and their doctors, rather than bureaucrats in Washington.”