Vitter Reintroduces Repeal of Obamacare Today in Senate

January 25, 2011

Also reintroducing mobile mammography legislation, will co-sponsor reimportation of prescription drugs

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced he will re-introduce his legislation to fully repeal Obamacare today. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation to repeal the bill, but Vitter’s bill goes further and repeals the entire bill including the government takeover of student loans. Vitter will also cosponsor U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s repeal bill, which is an exact replica of the House-passed repeal language.

“Repealing Obamacare is clearly gaining momentum and I will continue to push my legislation in the Senate,” said Vitter. “Obamacare is unconstitutional, raises taxes and premiums, cuts Medicare by half a trillion dollars, and puts government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. Instead of this big-government approach, we need the targeted, common-sense reforms I’ve laid out with others to dramatically reduce costs and make health services more accessible.”

Sen. Vitter remains committed to making health care more accessible and more affordable. In addition to his repeal bill, he is also reintroducing his legislation to exempt mobile mammography services from an excise tax, and will co-sponsor U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) legislation to provide for prescription drug reform and allow for the reimportation of safe prescription medicines. Vitter has been a champion of this policy since his arrival in the Senate. In 2009, he forced the Senate to include a provision in the Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would allow Americans to purchase safe, cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and over the Internet.

In addition, Vitter and Snowe’s legislation will include new requirements to existing law to promote the safety of domestic and imported medicines. The bill also includes safeguards to protect the safety of consumers, including requirements to fight counterfeiting and the use of tamper-proof packaging.

“Lowering the cost of prescription drugs remains one of my top priorities, and we must address all the legitimate concerns of importation without adding significant costs. I’ll continue working with my colleagues to address these and other common sense reforms,” said Vitter

Vitter’s legislation to expand access to mobile mammography services by eliminating the excise tax would help provide on-site mammograms to women in both urban and rural areas that may not currently receive screenings and preventive care.

Vitter said, “This would give thousands more women a fighting chance to combat this terrible disease through early detection. As someone whose family has suffered a loss due to breast cancer, I believe prevention and early detection are incredibly important.”

The health care bills he is introducing today are part of a package of nearly 40 bills Vitter is introducing on the first day of the 112th Congress that senators are allowed to officially submit legislation.

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