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Ruling underscores need for repeal
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Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision that found Obamacare’s individual mandate to be constitutional based on Congress’ authority to levy taxes.

While the court has decided it is the law of the land, Obamacare still does not improve the quality or lower the cost of health care, which were its two primary objectives. Furthermore, it is going to continue dragging down our economy because businesses are reluctant to hire new employees until they know all the cost and all the mandates.

Therefore, Congress must continue the fight to repeal and modify this law. We cannot rest until it is done.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the House will vote the week of July 11 to again repeal and replace the misguided law.

This ruling was a disappointment, but I have not been waiting on the Supreme Court to act. To date, I have voted to repeal and replace the law and helped author legislation that would defund automatic funding hidden in its provisions.

While the Senate has been reluctant to join us in our efforts despite widespread public opinion against the legislation, our efforts have successfully seen $52 billion in taxpayer savings signed into law by repealing or defunding portions of Obamacare.

I have also sponsored legislation that would replace Obamacare with the kind of reforms our health care system needs. Some of the proposals I have endorsed would:

• Enact medical liability reform — Sensible tort reforms would cut back on unnecessary tests and procedures that are only ordered to defend against frivolous lawsuits, saving patients time and irritation while saving all of us money.

• Allow interstate competition for health insurance — Allowing Americans to buy the same plans available to residents of other states would increase competition and help reduce costs while providing more choice.

• Expand health savings accounts — Health savings accounts (HSAs) are popular savings accounts that provide cost effective health insurance to those who might otherwise go uninsured. Making them easier to use would increase access to quality care by making health care more affordable.

• Increase access for patients with pre-existing conditions — By incentivizing states to expand high-risk pools and other innovative programs, we can lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans.

• Level the playing field for purchasing health insurances — Giving equal tax treatment to individual and employer-sponsored health insurance would create a more transparent, consumer-driven market for health care and would help reduce the problem of “pre-existing conditions.”

• Permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion — Taxpayer dollars should not be used to take innocent life through abortion and health care providers should be protected from performing procedures that violate their conscience.

Kingston, a Republican from Savannah, represents Georgia’s 1st District, which includes Bryan County.

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