Senator David Perdue: Obamacare Was Wrong From The Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today discussed on the Senate floor the negative impacts of Obamacare and the need to immediately repeal it.

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“Mr. President, I rise to speak today about the greatest domestic policy train wreck that we’ve seen in my lifetime – a fundamentally flawed law that is holding back our economy and limiting people’s freedom when it comes to choices in healthcare. 

Of course, I’m talking about Obamacare. Obamacare was the creation of a Democratic super majority that crammed Obamacare through Congress without open debate by the American people. 

In the last five years since Obamacare became law, the American people have not yielded in their strong opposition. In fact, today, more than a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of this law. And there’s no wonder why.

When I’m back home in Georgia, one of the most frequent and sobering concerns I hear about is the insidious, negative economic impact of this law. The consequences of Obamacare are hurting Georgians in many ways and millions of Americans. 

First, the individual mandate is forcing people onto Obamacare – whether they can afford it or not. Like my wife Bonnie and I, many people had their insurance plans cancelled, lost access to their preferred doctors, or were forced onto insurance plans that cost more, not less. 

In Georgia alone, dozens of Obamacare plans are expected to have double-digit rate hikes next year, with some people’s plans skyrocketing over 60 percent. That’s just unacceptable. 

Second, Obamacare’s employer mandate is causing small businesses to cut back workers hours and in some cases businesses have actually stopped hiring completely.

Due to the 30-hour workweek rule in Obamacare, many people are being moved from full-time to part-time work. This is devastating to families already struggling to get from payday to payday.

Without a full workweek many moms and dads are juggling multiple part-time jobs to provide for their families and try to save for the future. 

Next year, for example, 2.6 million people are in danger of having their hours cut because of Obamacare. Sixty percent of those individuals are female and over 60 percent are young people between the ages of 19-34.

Third, given the growing aging population, Obamacare is contributing to a dangerous doctor shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges is predicting a shortage of as many as 90,000 doctors by 2025. 

Another survey by the Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.

Ultimately, Obamacare is raising costs, not lowering them. Cutting workers’ wages, not growing them. Decreasing access, not expanding it. And making it harder on the middle class, not easier. 

While the sentiment of the Supreme Court on Obamacare is still to be determined – one thing is crystal clear: Obamacare is hurting people and our economy. It must be fully repealed and replaced.

We have got to stop allowing Washington to dictate what’s best for individuals and their families. Putting bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, between patients and their insurance provider, and between doctors and insurance providers is what created this catastrophe in the first place. 

Obamacare was wrong from the start. We have seen the growing unintended consequences of this flawed law in its implementation over the last five years. 

We have the power to change course and create a better healthcare system for all Americans. I remain committed to using every tool at our disposal to repeal Obamacare. Achieving consensus on replacing Obamacare with a patient-based alternative will require diligence and robust debate. I am hopeful that we can achieve that goal.

I urge my colleagues to continue to work to not just fight against Obamacare, but to fight to protect the millions of people that are hurt by it every day. 

We can create a healthcare system that offers the American people affordability, transportability, and insurability. We can create commonsense healthcare policy that lowers costs and doesn’t harm the economy like Obamacare. We can create a bipartisan solution that helps people by putting patients first and getting Washington out of the way. 

It won’t be easy, but it is achievable. It must be achievable. For the sake of our kids and grandkids we must get rid of Obamacare once and for all.”