The Associated Builders and Contractors was among those applauding the July 11 U.S. House vote to repeal the health care reform law.
“We are extremely pleased that a bipartisan majority
in the House of Representatives reaffirmed its commitment to fight against this
wildly unpopular takeover of our nation’s health care system,” said ABC Vice
President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “This law increases taxes on
employers and employees, and drives up health care costs for everyone by
increasing insurance premiums while reducing benefits.”
The Republican-controlled house voted 244-185 to repeal the law, with all GOP
members supporting overturning it. All but five Democrats opposed the
this month, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the law, which centers on a
requirement that almost all Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty.
Critics have said that’s an unconstitutional overreach of government
Yesterday’s vote was one of dozens in the last two
years attempting to overturn the law or cut funding for it. The bill is not
expected to advance in the Senate, which is under Democratic control.
“We call on the Senate to find the courage to follow today’s action in the
House and repeal the entire health care law,” Burr said. “It’s time for
Congress to consider practical, common-sense solutions, such as allowing
Americans to buy insurance across state lines, offering small-business health
plans, expanding access to health-savings accounts and making benefits portable
in order to reflect the unique nature of the construction industry work force.”