5 Fundamental Flaws of ObamaCare
The so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” or ObamaCare, is neither affordable nor caring for patients and taxpayers. Millions of Americans have discovered that if you liked your health care plan, you couldn’t keep it under ObamaCare. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. ObamaCare has unleashed a wave of destructive consequences, including tax increases, higher health care costs, less freedom and patient choice, botched websites, and more job-killing red tape.
Pat believes that ObamaCare is fundamentally flawed and supported the Senate legislation to repeal it. But, he has also taken on the most egregious portions of ObamaCare such as:
1. The Medical Device Tax
As part of ObamaCare, a punitive 2.3 percent tax was created on the sale of everything from pacemakers to tongue depressors, which means that consumers would be forced to pay more for health care. Equally troubling is the damage the Medical Device Tax would do to Pennsylvania’s prominent medical device industry, which supports 20,000 jobs at over 600 companies. Thanks to Pat’s hard work, the Medical Device Tax is currently suspended. Nonetheless, Pat remains dedicated to eliminating it permanently.
2. Restoring the 40 Hour Work Week
After speaking with small businesses and employees across Pennsylvania, Pat co-sponsored the bipartisan Forty Hours is Full Time Act. Under ObamaCare, some of the onerous rules kick in when an employee works an average of thirty hours a week, which has led to hours and paychecks being slashed. Pat’s Forty Hours is Full Time Act corrects this.
3. Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders
Pennsylvania largely relies on volunteer firefighters and first responders. When ObamaCare threatened the viability of many volunteer fire departments, Pat went to work. He spearheaded a successful bipartisan effort which led to the Obama administration issuing a new rule exempting volunteer fire departments and first responder organizations from ObamaCare.
4. Encouraging Veteran Employment by Supporting the “Hire More Heroes Act”
Pat was proud to back the “Hire More Heroes Act” which encourages companies to hire veterans. Under this bill, employers that hire veterans who have health insurance through the VA and other sources would not be required to include the veteran in the total count of employees when calculating if the company is subject to the ridiculous rules of ObamaCare.
5. Repealing the Cadillac Tax
ObamaCare actually contains a tax on some employer health care plans that it deems too comprehensive. Congress suspended the implementation of the “Cadillac Tax,” but Pat is continuing his work to make sure it never comes back. Should the “Cadillac Tax” go into effect, it would increase taxes by $90 billion over 10 years.