Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015by Representative Mark Sanford
Posted on 2016-01-06
SANFORD. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this measure for many
different reasons, but let me just touch on three.
One, Gordon Sullivan was former Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and he once observed that hope was not a method.
Irregardless of the good intentions behind the Affordable Care Act, I think that, from an actuarial standpoint, if you really look at it, you would have to say that hope was, indeed, part of the method.
I say that because if you look at the number of young people that were anticipated to sign up, already 7.5 million folks have said: No, I am not signing up, I would rather take the penalty than sign up. And what that creates is a big liability for the taxpayer.
Two, I would make the point that there have been real implications for the small-business person. We have a company back home in Charleston by the name of East Bay Deli. The owner came to me just a number of weeks ago and said: Look, I was going to open up a couple of more shops but, given the cost that I have seen with the Affordable Care Act for my small business, I am not going to do that. Ninety employees that won't have jobs as a consequence.
Finally, our healthcare system has been predicated on a doctor- patient relationship. That Hippocratic Oath, that direct tie between doctor and patient, is part and parcel to the whole system. Yet the Affordable Care Act, again, in the whole, begins to undermine that.
So for many different reasons, those three among them, I rise in support of this measure.
Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from New York (Mr. Rangel).