FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   CONTACT:  Janet Poppleton

March 23, 2010

 WASHINGTON, DC . . . Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX/4) announced today that he is cosponsoring two bills to repeal the health care reform legislation passed by Democrats on Sunday and signed into law today by President Obama.  He is cosponsoring another bill that would prevent any funds from being spent to implement those health care reforms. 

             “The Democrats ignored the will of the majority of Americans and crammed this bill through the House,” Hall said.  “They used special favors and political tactics to gain the votes of wavering Democrats, but this battle is not over.  My conservative colleagues and I who voted our districts and opposed this bill will not give up until we overturn this bill and start over with some common-sense reforms that all Americans and both political parties can support.”

            “Americans had a year to consider the President’s health reform proposals – and time and again, they rejected this costly government takeover of health care,” Hall said.  “But the President and Democrats in Congress chose not to listen to the people and instead pushed this bill through.”  The measure passed by a narrow vote of 219 – 212 late Sunday evening, with all Republicans and 34 Democrats voting against it.”

             Hall is a cosponsor of bills introduced by Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  He also is a cosponsor of a bill introduced by Rep. Ted Poe of Texas to prohibit funding to implement or enforce the individual mandate to purchase health insurance – a provision that raises Constitutional questions and could result in the hiring of thousands of IRS agents to enforce the mandate.

            “This flawed legislation will increase the burden on taxpayers, place current health care plans at risk, reduce benefits to our seniors, pave the way for rationing of health care and federal funding of abortions, and cost jobs,” Hall said.  “I will add my name to any and all legitimate efforts to repeal this costly and intrusive government takeover of health care.”

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