Obama Cabinet Secretaries Urge Boehner Not to Repeal Health Reform Law

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Three Obama administration Cabinet secretaries have written House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to reconsider holding a vote to repeal the health care law, saying nullifying it would increase health care costs and premiums.

In a Jan. 5 letter to Boehner, the secretaries said repealing the health care law “would set the Nation back on a path to higher costs and skyrocketing premiums, less competition, and fewer consumer protections against industry abuses.”

The letter, which highlights various provisions from the law, was sent by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

The House has scheduled a Jan. 12 vote on legislation to repeal the reform law (03 HCDR, 1/5/11).

“We urge you to consider all that this law has already done to improve the health and financial security of so many Americans--and what it will mean to hundreds of millions or more in the next several years--as you evaluate any proposal that would set the Nation back on a path to higher costs and skyrocketing premiums, less competition, and fewer consumer protections against industry abuses,” the letter said.

In a Jan. 5 statement, the Senate Republican Policy Committee said “several claims in the letter are however at variance with the facts, and warrant a response.”

The statement said the law will increase health care premiums and contains a “constitutionally dubious” mandate for individuals to purchase coverage.


The letter is available at http://www.healthcare.gov/center/letters.