Alexander Issues Statement on House Passage of Health Care Repeal

January 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today issued the following remarks on the passage of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Destroying Health Care Law Act:

“Tonight, I cast my vote in favor of repealing the health care overhaul, which was enacted despite the loud outcry from the American public.

“I opposed this massive intrusion of the government’s role in our private health care system when it was first shown the light of day. This law undermines the patient-physician relationship; it empowers the federal government with even greater authority through new physician, employer and benefit mandates; and from a financial standpoint, it is simply unsustainable. Today, I was grateful the House took the first step toward putting an end to the harmful provisions in this law.

“I agree that some degree of reform is needed to improve our current health care system. However, we must endorse measures that will lower costs, protect jobs, and keep the patient’s needs at the heart. I look forward to working in this new Congress to replace the job-crushing health care law with positive patient-centered solutions.”

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, represents the 5th Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee.

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