Yes, We Need Health Care Reform – But Not This Law, Critics Say After Repeal Vote

By Susan Jones | January 20, 2011 | 5:49 AM EST

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., holds a copy of a proposal to repeal the Health Care Bill at a Jan. 6, 2011 news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

( – While the Obama administration warns about rising costs and insurance company “discrimination” if the Democrats’ health care law is repealed, critics of the new law say that’s not the point.

Most Americans agree the nation’s health care system needs reforming, said a conservative civil liberties group. But the big-government approach, with its mandate that everyone must buy insurance, is not the way to go about it, a number of critics said in statements released after the House voted to repeal “Obamacare.”

"A clear majority of members in the House -- as well as most Americans -- understand that health care reform must happen, but the pro-abortion, government-run ObamaCare falls short in so many areas,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “This repeal vote emphasizes a legislative commitment to derail ObamaCare -- whether it's through the repeal process or, as some are advocating, by defunding the law.”

Sekulow called for an end to ObamaCare – and “a fresh start for health care reform.”

One Republican lawmaker said he voted in favor of repeal because the Democrats’ law is a “budget busting, misguided overhaul” of a broken system.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said although he agrees with some parts of the law, including protecting people with pre-existing conditions – “most of it saddles small businesses and individuals with hidden taxes and unreasonable mandates.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins applauded the House “for recognizing that the Constitution does not empower the federal government to command American citizens to spend their own personal money to purchase health insurance.”

Perkins said repeal is the only response to the “incompetence found throughout” the federal government’s takeover of health care.

The FRC particularly objects to what it calls the “massive expansion of abortion funding” under the Democrats’ law. "The American people, regardless of their view of the underlying issue, should not be forced to pay for someone's abortion,” Perkins said.

Admitting that Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas about the government’s role in health care, House Speaker John Boehner said both sides can agree that the law, as written, needs improvement.

“So if we agree this law needs improving, why would we keep it on the books?” he asked.

Boehner pointed to a letter, signed by 200 economists and experts, who say Obamacare is stifling job growth with its new mandates and tax hikes. Nor is the new law reducing costs, as the administration claims: “According to these economists – this law will increase spending by $1 trillion dollars – that’s ‘at a minimum’ – and add nearly $1.5 trillion to the deficit,” Boehner said.

In his statement, Boehner explained what repealing the Democrat’s law means for Americans:

“Repeal means preventing more than $770 billion in tax hikes and eliminating all the mandates and penalties so that small businesses can grow and hire new workers.

“Repeal means reducing spending by $540 billion, another step in tackling the massive debt that faces our kids and grandkids.

“Repeal means protecting more than 7 million seniors from losing or being denied the Medicare Advantage coverage they like.

“Repeal means paving the way for better solutions that will lower costs without destroying jobs or bankrupting our government.

“And repeal means keeping a promise.”

Boehner urged Democrats to work with Republicans on health care reforms that “lower costs without destroying jobs or bankrupting this government.”