FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2012
JON GOLNIK COMMENTS ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE HEALTHCARE REFORM ACT
Carlisle, MA-- 3rd District Congressional Candidate Jon Golnik released the following statement on this, the 2nd anniversary of President Obama signing the Healthcare Reform Act :
"Two years ago, President Obama signed into law a health care reform act that has done nothing to lower healthcare costs for individuals and employers. The legislation isn't even fully implemented until 2014, but the costs of health insurance have already risen in it wake. Proof of its failure is the more than 1200 waivers this Administration has granted to companies across the country because the plan was 'too expensive' to implement. We have had unemployment over 8% for 36 months and counting. People are suffering and in need of work and this legislation is a job killer, as it increases the cost of doing business-hence the need for waivers.
"Just last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) almost doubled the cost of the plan from $900 billion to $1.76 trillion and that only counts the cost of coverage, not implementation costs and other changes. If you mandate the purchase of something, costs will go up, not down.
"Congresswoman Niki Tsongas supported this legislation despite what it does to the employers in her district through the increased costs of health care. The people spoke loud and clear that we did not want this. Yet Congresswoman Tsongas followed lockstep with her party over the interests of the people yet again and forced upon us a government mandate. It is time we elect representatives to Congress more interested in what is best for their constituents, instead of what is best for their party's leadership and their special interests. We need to repeal this multi-thousand page bill and enact healthcare reform that actually reduces costs and opens up coverage by permitting people to buy insurance across state lines and enacting tort reform."