WASHINGTON - Staying true to his word following the June 27 Supreme Court ruling on President Obamaï¿½ï¿½s health-care law, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced legislation last week that seeks to repeal the 2010 law.
"The path to patient-centered care and lower costs for all Americans must begin with a full repeal of the law," the bill reads.
The Hill writes that the seven-page bill consists of a findings section that says the health-care law "has failed to live up to President Obama's promises for the law. For example, it finds that 'tens of millions of Americans are at risk of losing their healthcare coverage,ï¿½ï¿½ even though Obama promised people they could keep their coverage if they liked it."
The bill also maintains previous GOP arguments that the law is "a drag" on an already struggling economy. "The law and the more than 13,000 pages of related regulations issued before July 11, 2012, are causing great uncertainty, slowing economic growth, and limiting hiring opportunities for the approximately 13 million Americans searching for work. ï¿½ï¿½Imposing higher costs on businesses will lead to lower wages, fewer works, or both."
Cantor has made no bones about his disdain for the health-care law, calling it a tax on the American people.
"The president had promised in the very beginning of this discussion if people had health care they liked they could keep it. We know that's not the case. The president also said throughout the discussion, as did Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, this was not a tax, that this mandate was not a tax on individuals. Well, we now know what the Court said ï¿½" it is a tax. Itï¿½ï¿½s time to stop all the broken promises and letï¿½ï¿½s get back to the health care that people want. We know that families want choices for themselves. They don't want Washington coming in and telling them what kind of health care to have," he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
The House is planning vote on the bill this week on July 11, but even if it does pass it will likely be dead on arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate.