Jim Duffett’s statement on the U.S. House vote on Individual Mandate

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Jim Duffett is the Executive Director, Campaign for Better Health Care
 
Yesterday, the Republican majority opposed the American value of Personal Responsibility in the U.S.  House of Representatives.  Instead they embraced the current practice of health insurance premium cost shifting that adds 10-15% to the cost of health insurance premiums that small businesses and hard working Americans are currently forced to pay due to freeloaders.  This insidious practice ends under Obamacare.
 
This is the 39th useless vote by the GOP attempting to tear down Obamacare, this time by delaying the Personal Responsibiity (individual mandate) provision of the law for one year.  This provision ensures that everyone who can afford coverage either purchases it or pays a penalty, a move that will prevent freeloading on the system and will lower health care costs for all of us.
 
Instead of taking action to support job creation or address any of the major problems facing Americans today, the House majority leadership has made it clear that they will instead spend millions of taxpayer dollars for nothing other than political theater.  They have offered no alternative plans for making sure that Americans are able to obtain health insurance coverage.
 
America’s small businesses and hard working families deserve real support, and they deserve a health insurance system that will protect them and offer them real security.  They do not deserve the health care policy position of the Republicans that has the health care costs of freeloaders pushed upon them.  We urge the House Republicans to give up their useless crusade to take away the peace of mind that Americans will finally have under Obamacare, and instead focus on expanding jobs for Americans.
  
About Campaign for Better Health Care
We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people.  The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state’s largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all.  For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org.

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