Ellmers joins House demand for Senate vote on Obamacare Repeal

Eastern North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R) joined more than 100 of her colleagues in the House of Representatives this week asking that the Senate hold a vote on legislation passed by the House Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Members of both parties voted in support of this repeal,” Congresswoman Ellmers said, “and it is incumbent on us, as elected Representatives and Senators, to make a decision on issues that affect all Americans and future generations.”

Ellmers, a Registered Nurse and experience healthcare manager from Dunn, has been an ardent critic of the Affordable Care Act, and spoke in favor of its repeal during House debate on Tuesday.

The repeal passed in the House with a 240-182 vote, gaining the support of 5 Democrat Congressman. The Democrat-
controlled Senate, according to its Majority Leader, Harry Reid (NV), does not plan to allow for the bill to come to
their floor for a vote.

Apparently, Ellmers believes their unwillingness to vote on the bill is a sign of cowardice.

 “If Senator Reid is confident in his party’s majority in the Senate, and proud of the historic increase in taxes brought on by Obamacare, then there is no reason to deny each Senator their right to make their position known. This law was not presented to the American people as a tax, but now that it has been ruled one by the Supreme Court, the Senate has an obligation, as elected officials, to let the hardworking American taxpayers know where their Senator stands.”

“Great leaders rise in support of what they believe in because they are emboldened by the courage to defend their principles. The failure to do so only diminishes the worthiness of their cause.”

Click here for Congresswoman Ellmers’ formal statements on the repeal vote and request for Senate action.

House to vote on Obamacare repeal July 11th

The leadership of the United States House of Representatives will hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) on Wednesday, July 11th, following their return to Washington after the Independence Day holiday recess.

The vote is a follow-up to the Supreme Court ruling last Thursday establishing the constitutionality of Obamacare, including its establishing of a “mandate” requiring all Americans to own qualifying health insurance policy or pay a defined penalty.

Eastern North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers discussed the verdict and the decision by the leadership to hold the repeal vote in a release late Thursday:

“Today the Supreme Court verified that Obamacare is a tax – one that increases the financial burdens on every American by $500 billion and will go down in history as the most significant expansion of government power over the lives of its citizens. This law has and continues to be bad policy for all Americans and future generations.”

“I respect our judicial system and the legislative process by which our nation is governed but am deeply concerned in what this means for the future of our country. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court sends a direct message to Congress and policy makers that we have to get back to work to repeal this law and replace it with effective, efficient reforms.”

“This decision verifies that President Obama has officially passed the biggest tax increase in modern history. Furthermore, a board of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats will now remain in place to determine your healthcare while $500 billion is raided from Medicare and our seniors. I will not rest until the entire law has been repealed and patient-centered reforms are put in place.”

“The American people now have a very clear choice. They can either support historic tax and spending increases, fiscal uncertainty, and unprecedented government overreach into nearly all aspects of their lives or join us in fighting to repeal this Obamacare tax and work for real solutions while taking healthcare decisions out of the hands of government bureaucrats and putting them back into the control of doctors, patients, and their families.”

Ellmers was elected to Congress in 2010 and has more than 20 years professional experience in medical care as a nurse and practice manager.