WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on H.R.6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. The bill passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 244-185.

ìToday the Peopleís House reaffirmed our promise to Americans: we remain committed to repealing this costly and unprecedented government attack on individual freedom of choice. Now itís time for the Senate to let their constituents know where they stand,î said Poe.

ìThe President promised that he would never increase taxes for any American family or business making under $250,000. Another broken promise. The Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate is a tax. That means that Obamacare imposes the largest tax on the middle class in American history. Obamacare creates 21 new taxes, and over half of them impact the middle class. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 20 million Americans will either have to pay the tax or be forced to buy insurance they otherwise would not have bought. In a recent Gallup poll, 48% of small businesses cited the potential cost of health care as the reason why they are not currently hiring. The last thing American families and businesses need right now is more taxes. ì

ìThe health care system in this country needs fixing, but a complex, expensive law that values control over care is not the answer. Health insurance must be personal, portable and permanent. The Supreme Court has spoken. The House has spoken. And, the people will have their voice in November.î

Now Congress must come up with a solution that improves our health care system without surrendering the individual liberty of the American people and turning their health over to the government. And thatís just the way it is.