Rep. Frank Guinta votes to repeal health care reform act

“We’ve put the ball in motion. Now the Senate needs to run with it.”

(WASHINGTON – JANUARY 19, 2011)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) cast one of his first major votes in the House early Wednesday evening.  He sided with the majority in voting to repeal last year’s health care reform act, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and commonly nicknamed “Obamacare.” 

By voting to repeal the act, Rep. Guinta said he fulfilled an important pledge made during last year’s campaign.  “I repeatedly told the people of New Hampshire last fall that I would vote against this misguided piece of legislation, and today I delivered on it.  The people have made it very clear they want affordable health coverage for individuals and business owners.  Not only does the existing law fail to give them that, it strays off-course in a massive odyssey that delivers everything but the very thing people want.  It exceeds the limits of the Constitution, places unfair and unrealistic burdens on small business owners, inserts the government into your relationship with your family doctor, and sinks Washington even deeper into debt.” 

The measure now goes to the Senate, where leadership there has indicated it may not even be brought up for a vote.

“It would be a slap in the face of the American people for the Senate to ignore this legislation,” Guinta said.  “All last year, Americans repeatedly expressed their desire for Congress to right this wrong.  They confirmed that desire with a lion’s roar at the polls last November.  Today, the House honored their wishes with this important vote.  We showed the people of New Hampshire, and all Americans, that we’re committed to doing on Capitol Hill what we said we would do on the campaign trail.  We’ve put the ball in motion.  Now the Senate needs to run with it.  I hope they will seize this opportunity to honor the people’s mandate.”