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MEADOWS STATEMENT ON OBAMACARE ANNIVERSARY

HENDERSONVILLE, NC – Mark Meadows, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (NC 11), today released the following statement regarding the two-year anniversary of the passage of Obamacare:

Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act–Obamacare. That was a very expensive stroke of the pen, as few signatures have ever done more to saddle future generations with insurmountable debt.

And what have we learned about Obamacare in the two years since it was signed into law? We’ve learned that, like many of President Obama’s policies, the facts don’t match the advertising.

Despite President Obama’s promise that his plan would preserve our right to see the doctor of our choice, studies suggest as many as 30% of employers are likely to stop offering health benefits to their employees once Obamacare is fully implemented in 2014 (McKinsey & Company, June 2011). And that will dramatically expand our national debt, as many of those workers will end up forced into the new government plan.

Though President Obama assured us his plan would cost no more than $900 billion dollars over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office recently released a revised estimate indicating that Obamacare will, in fact, cost $1.76 trillion dollars over the next decade (CBO, 3/13/12).

While we were promised that people of faith had nothing to fear from Obamacare, we now see the overreaching hand of government forcing religious institutions to compromise their beliefs.

As a long time small business owner, I fear the devastating impact the President’s plan will have on small business, as the mandate on employers to provide coverage will certainly increase the cost of doing business and stymie job creation.

Unsurprisingly, 53% of Americans favor repealing Obamacare (Rasmussen, 3/19/12), which is why you won’t see President Obama hosting a celebratory prime time television address or elaborate Rose Garden ceremony today, on this, the anniversary of his signature achievement. Even the liberals at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue know how unpopular Obamacare is.

I’m a Christian conservative businessman running for Congress. If I’m blessed to serve as the congressman for the new 11th District, I will work tirelessly to repeal Obamacare. In its place, I will support patient-centered reforms that preserve your right to see the Doctor of your choice, protect small businesses, and lower costs.

The United States Supreme Court will soon take up Obamacare. Despite the faith we have in brilliant, Constitutional conservative minds like Alito, Thomas, Scalia, and Roberts, we cannot sit back and rest, assuming the Court will strike down Obamacare. Therefore, it is critical that we send proven leaders to Congress who will respect the will of the American people and work to repeal Obamacare.

Mark Meadows
Candidate for Congress

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