WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), House Rules Committee Chairman, opened the first Rules Committee hearing of the 112th Congress today as the effort to repeal and replace the job-killing health care law got underway. He also introduced H.Res. 9, a resolution directing relevant House committees to begin the work of drafting replacement provisions that will help increase access to affordable health care coverage. Dreier made the following statement:
“Repealing and replacing the job-killing health care law will be critical to our economic recovery, which is why it is one of our first major orders of business. House Republicans believe we can work to provide access to affordable health care coverage for working Americans and small businesses, and that we can do it without hurting our economy. We need to wipe the slate clean and move quickly into an open and transparent process to produce real solutions to the health care challenges we face. We welcome the ideas of both Republicans and Democrats as this process moves forward. Repealing and replacing the flawed health care law is a pledge we made to the American people, and we are already getting to work.”
H.Res. 9, the replace measure, directs the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, and Ways and Means to begin work on legislation with several key goals in mind: fostering economic growth and job creation, lowering health care premiums through greater competition and choice, expanding incentives to encourage personal responsibility for health care costs, and eliminating duplicative government programs and wasteful spending.
For Immediate Release: January 6, 2011
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