It's been two years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law.
But U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson still vows to fight it.
"On the two-year anniversary of President Obama's health care law, we continue to find more and more major flaws in the law that will impact the lives of millions of Americans," Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, said in a statement marking the anniversary. "President Obama promised Americans that if you like your plan, you can keep it. Beginning in 2014, the health care law will require small business to provide health insurance to employees, or else pay a fine per employee. As a former small business owner, I know that small businesses will see this fine as significantly less expensive than providing health benefits. I predict many small businesses are going to get rid of their benefit plans and send their employees to the government exchange. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that as many as 20 million Americans will lose their employer-sponsored health insurance plans as a result of the law. Even worse, the mandates in the law could cause as many as 800,000 Americans to become unemployed.
"In addition to decreasing patient choice, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable," he added. "The law itself will cost as much as $1.75 trillion, which is almost double than what President Obama initially claimed. On top of that, premiums are expected to go up by as much as $2,100 per family per year in the individual market as a result of the mandates in the law."
Isakson, who have voted to repeal the law, said he is concerned about money being taken out of the Medicare trust fund to underwrite the costs, worried that it will have an impact on seniors.
"This terrible law is full of broken promises, and I will continue to work to repeal the law and replace it with solutions to contain the costs of health care and increase patient choice through competition in the private sector," he said.
Brockway to seek re-election
Freshman Rep. Buzz Brockway plans to be on the ballot again this fall.
Brockway, the former head of the county GOP, represents District 101 covering parts of Lawrenceville and Suwanee in the current legislative session, but due to redistricting, Brockway's home is now in District 102.
"It's been an honor to represent the people of Lawrenceville and Suwanee in the State House and I'd be honored to continue to represent their interests at our State Capitol for the next two years," Brockway said.
"I'm proud of what has been accomplished over the past two years but much more needs to be done. We've taken positive steps in reforming education, improving how government works, and creating a better environment for businesses to create jobs. However we shouldn't be satisfied with unemployment over 9 percent and a state educational system near the bottom of the nation in student performance," Brockway said in a press release. "I will continue to fight to make Georgia the best place in America to work, live and raise children."
Brockway, a father of three who runs a mall business with his wife Christa, is a blogger at the popular Peach Pundit website.
For more information about his campaign, visit www.vote4buzz.com.
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