Jan 19 2011

Rep. Noem To Deliver First Floor Speech Supporting Health Care Law Repeal

Says Law Hurts Small Businesses & Job Creation

Rep. Noem To Deliver First Floor Speech

Supporting Health Care Law Repeal

 

Says Law Hurts Small Businesses & Job Creation

 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) will voice her support for repealing the job-destroying health care law later today.  This will be her first speech on the floor of the U.S. House since being sworn in earlier this month.

 

“There are a multitude of reasons as to why this law should be repealed, but the most important is because it is a major impediment to job creation for small businesses and job creators in South Dakota and across our country,” said Noem in her prepared remarks to be delivered this afternoon.

 

“One of the most important job creation measures we  can do this year is repeal this law and replace it with common-sense policies that lower costs for families and small businesses, expand access to affordable care, and protect American jobs,” said Noem.

 

Please find Rep. Noem’s entire remarks, as prepared for delivery this afternoon, below:

 

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today, for the first time, on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, to make the case for a very important piece of legislation, namely – H.R. 2, the health care repeal bill.

 

Mr. Speaker, there are a multitude of reasons as to why this law should be repealed, but the most important is because it is a major impediment to job creation for small businesses and job creators in South Dakota and across our country.

 

At a time when our economy needs turning around; at a time when our small businesses are asking the federal government for regulatory and tax certainty so they know what is coming down the pike as they consider expanding or hiring an additional worker; at a time like this, the last thing we should do is begin implementing a health care bill that destroys jobs by adding red tape, more paperwork, new bureaucracy and additional burdensome regulations on our small businesses. 

 

According to one study, an employer mandate alone could lead to the elimination of 1.6 million jobs between 2009 and 2014, with 66 percent of those coming from small businesses.

Mr. Speaker, one of the most important job creation measures we  can do this year is repeal this law and replace it with common-sense policies that lower costs for families and small businesses, expand access to affordable care, and protect American jobs.

 

What I heard, time and again, on the campaign trail last year from South Dakota small business owners is that they are simply waiting to hire another worker or invest in a new technology because of the looming threat of the health care bill.  Whether it’s a foundry owner in Northeastern South Dakota, or a motorcycle parts manufacturer in central South Dakota, the refrain is the same: get the government off our backs and we’ll be the small business job creation engine this country needs.

 

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to listen to the citizens of our great country on this important issue and vote to repeal this law and begin the process of replacing it with reforms that will truly bring down the cost of health care.  Thank you and I yield back the balance of my time.

 

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