Hello. I’m Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler from Missouri, and I stand here not only as a legislator but also as mom and a daughter and a former teacher. And I think it’s time to look at the Obamacare bill, two years after its passage, and rate it according to a grade card, and how it impacts women, and I would give it a resounding “F.” That it’s a failure.
It has failed our promises, a promise that it would create jobs. There’s a lot of women in this country looking for work right now. It didn’t create jobs. In fact, the CBO says that due to the healthcare law, 800,000 people are going to lose their jobs. They said that it would lower cost. Well, it hasn’t. Women, as we’ve heard 85 percent, make those healthcare decisions, and they’re trying to make ends meet and the healthcare is very expensive. This has increased healthcare costs. In fact, premiums since 2009 have risen by $2213.
And they said that women would be able to keep their own plan and be able to have their own doctor. Well that is clearly not the case now. The administration, itself, has said that 80 percent of businesses that are small businesses are going to probably have to give up their plans and women are going to lose the choice of their current plan they have and their current doctor.
So it clearly a failure in all of those fulfilling promises.
It’s also a failure regarding its constitutionality. If the government can tell any individual that they have to purchase a private product and then stipulate what is in that product, what is next? That they will have to tell us that we have to all purchase life insurance or energy efficient cars, it goes on and on. And I’m hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule that this is unconstitutional, will throw this out for the good of women of this country because clearly it deserves an “F” and we need to get back to a grade “A” healthcare, one that will advance accessibility and will help make it more affordable. That’s what us, as House Republicans, are advancing and we are going to continue to fight for grade “A” healthcare in this. Let’s get rid of the current “F” program.