But let’s not let anyone hide behind the preposterous talking point that repealing this bill would add to the deficit. I mean, only in Washington would somebody claim that spending trillions of dollars on a brand new government entitlement and a massive bureaucracy to go along with it will save money.
So I urge all my colleagues to move beyond party affiliation. To look at the facts alone. If everyone in this chamber did that, we’d repeal this bill right now. And then we’d begin the work of achieving our common goal of delivering health care at a higher quality for lower costs. We’d put in place the commonsense reforms people actually want.
Now, we also expect a vote later today that would clear away one of the many impediments to job creation that was layered into this bill. It turns out Senator Johanns did such an outstanding job raising awareness about the 1099 requirement that Democrats took the idea and are now claiming it as their own. Which is fine with us. It’s not a bad precedent, actually. We’ve got a lot of other good ideas that we’d be happy to share. Not replacing one 2700-page bill with another, but passing commonsense reforms that people actually want.
The case against this bill is more compelling every day. Everything we learn tells us it was a bad idea. That it should be repealed and replaced. The courts say so. The American people say so. Job creators say so. It's time for those who passed this bill to show that they've noticed. Let’s take this opportunity.