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Chamber Of Commerce Leader Supports Repeal Of Healthcare Law

January 14, 2011 by  

Chamber of Commerce leader supports repeal of healthcare lawPresident Barack Obama's healthcare legislation has faced plenty of opposition since it passed last March. House Republicans, state courts and concerned Americans have made the argument that the controversial law should be repealed.

On Jan. 11, United States Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue joined the fight against Obamacare, saying that the bill should be overturned. During the annual State of American Business address at the lobbying group's Washington, D.C., headquarters, Donohue said that the healthcare law grants "extraordinary powers" to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to "redefine healthcare as we know it," according to The Huffington Post.

Donohue added that the law is not "totally workable," citing the hundreds of waivers granted by the HHS that allow certain businesses to bypass the bill's provisions.

"We see the upcoming House vote as an opportunity for everyone to take a fresh look at healthcare reform, and to replace unworkable approaches with more effective measures that will lower costs, expand access and improve quality," said Donohue, quoted by the news provider.

According to, the House debate over healthcare repeal may be toned down this week in the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 14, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Although the vote is expected to be delayed, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that no act will stop lawmakers from fulfilling their duties as elected officials.

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  • http://naver samurai

    “No act will stop lawmakers from fulfilling their duties as elected officials.” Now that’s what is supposed to happen. Don’t get me wrong. What happened to Representative Giffords was a tragic incident, but it shouldn’t hold up progress on the work our government has to do. A good leader doesn’t allow his personal feelings or beliefs to interfere with his good judgement. Sounds like John Boehner believes the same way. The Obama bin Laden Care bill is back on the chopping block. I hope that they overturn this piece of gross negligence forced on us by this administration. It is a violation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. He also said, “Our aim will be to give government back to the people.” Yes, the vigilance to ensure that government remains our servants and not our masters. A move in the right direction and a victory for “We The People.” Not like what some, not all, liberals say on this site. Keep up the good fight John, fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Doc Sarvis

    The split of Americans who favor and oppose the new health care law is about half and half. Of those who oppose the new law there is a significant chunk who oppose it because it does not go far enough in positive change to our health care system. Non-partisan analysis says that the new law will reduce the deficite over time.

    Those who oppose the law apparently want to increase or maintain the deficite, reopen the “doughnut hole” for seniors perscription drugs, through young adults off of their parents insurance plans, refuse coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, etc.

    • Teresa

      Those who oppose the law apparently want to increase or maintain the deficite, reopen the “doughnut hole” for seniors perscription drugs, through young adults off of their parents insurance plans, refuse coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, etc.

      Doc, seriously….please explain in common sense how the deficit will go down when you add (?how many million), pre-existing conditions and children till they are 26!!!!! PLEASE explain this to me!!!

      • Doc Sarvis

        The non-partison CBO explains it. Start by reading the following article:

        • TIME

          Doc O, The “CBO only uses intel they are given” by the congress.

          Thus at best its a guess. But With the proved tract record of the CBO’s mistakes based on the lacking INTEL they get its abundantly obvious to anyone that the noted CBO report is one more case of
          “they really don’t know ALL the facts.”

          Then based on the facts that every program the CBO has oked they all have in the end cost 50-100% more than thier projected figures.
          Do ewe get it?

          • smilee


            Now that its a law they can make an accurate analysis and they say it will. In 2004 the Medicare changes in part D was initially said to do cut cost very little, once passed the democrats asked them to review the law and why don’t republicans ask to have the CBO examine this law now rather than saying the CBO cannot make an accurate analysis which unless it is given the correct info, With the law passed they now could but republicans are afraid to as they know the truth will come out and it will show it will reduce the deficit an expose their lies.

        • Teresa
          • Doc Sarvis

            And EVERYONE will be covered. Outstanding!

          • http://naver sook young

            I hope Doc really looks at the site. People may be covered, but why does this president add billions of dollars in new taxes, income surtaxes if the opt out, excise taxes, etc? I can’t see why my husband and I have to pay $190 a year in new taxes to opt out of the program and $1,390 in 2016? Isn’t this like saying buy it or you’ll pay just another way? Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

          • Teresa

            Doc, what part of this don’t you understand….once everone is broke from the government Stealing our money and regulations putting out small mfg. companies, there will be NOBODY to pay for everyone to get your Free insurance!

  • LiarsMustBeDefeated

    The lies that were told to get this thing passed in the first place should be reason enough to impeach a few congress people.

    • eddie47d

      Maybe it would help if you stop talking about impeachment over healthcare. It’s a problem that has gotten out of hand in costs and services so how about coming up with your own solutions for the betterment of the Nation. If the Chamber of Commerce can come up with a workable remedy that includes the majority of Americans then let them go for it. If it goes back to Big Pharma and uncontrollable private insurance then that is a step backwards. We’ll see who can come up with a more responsible plan that doesn’t exclude so many people like in the past. It’s a serious problem with the need for serious solutions.

    • herman richardson


  • newspooner

    Obamacare is one of those core issues that can help to clearly define where a person stands on the Liberty vs Slavery scale. Anyone who has read and/or understands the principles of the new law realizes that it is an unconstitutional usurpation by the federal government, that is, another pillar of slavery. Any Congressman who voted for Obamacare voted to help the government enslave citizens. Hopefully, those who voted against it have enough understanding of the basic issues so that they will vote against other enslavement bills also. And , of course, many of the Congressmen who voted against it do not understand liberty, and will vote inconsistently on other bills affecting freedom.

    • herman richardson

      i guess he wants us to pay for the slavery of before

  • LNSu

    “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it” (Proverbs 3:27).

  • Pristina

    The so called health care bill has nothing to do with healthcare . It is about control. The reason medical treatments are so sky high is because taxpayers are subsidizing the medical proffession , and lawyers sue when their clients do not get well or die . We need tort reform and limited payouts to the unhealthy .Get our politicians out of the doctors way . When you need medical assistance , do you run to your local politician first???? Deal with your doctor or hospital administrator, screw the politicians !!!

  • Teresa
  • Paul

    They have not addressed anything that has to do with the increase of health care. They have attacked business, states and the public in general with new “taxes” that may or may not balance budgets … that is disputable. However, state, business, and public insurance is already on the increase. They have not sorted out what is the underlying reason for high insurance: pharma and their high costs for drugs – drugs based on natural products that they converted to something they can patent and tack on big dollars. Making claims that are not totally true and side effects that require more drugs. The natural methods are under constant attack, not only by FDA but now congress as well as pharma. Of course it is all funded by Pharma with their billions and maybe trillions of dollars of profit. They have not done anything with tort reform either … how can you attack you fellow lawyers and why would you. All of which raises health costs in and out of hospitals. They want to blame insurance companies but it is the laws that create claims that drive up insurance costs. Claims based on negligence (that is fine) claims based on suing to sue … give me a break.

  • jopa

    The US Chamber of Commerce is not like your local chamber.The members in the US chamber are major banks, big oil, China, France and a host of other foreign countries.Of course they don’t give a rip about Americans being healthy.

    • s c

      J, are you trying to imply that ‘major banks, big oil, China, France and a host of other foreign countries’ look at the American people the same way the AMA, FDA and Big Pharma do? If that’s the case, there may be hope for you yet, J.

  • s c

    Yep. Just what a power-mad government needs – “extraordinary powers.” The Huff and Puff Post can screw itself – figuratively or literally (the beauty of having a CHOICE).
    Not unlike Lenin’s situation during the Bolshevik Revolution or Hitler when he took over Germany prior to WWII in Europe, Mr. Obmama would grant himself “extrordinary powers” to ram crap down our throats. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Prez.
    And, not unlike a highly-placed, paranoid sycophant, Queen Nancy Pelosi dared to say that ‘we have to pass this legislation to see what’s in it.’ The same woman who thinks she rates flying on an Air Force jet (with family and friends and LOTS of booze paid for by the American people) wants us to believe that she has both feet in the real world. Did she EVER have both feet in the real world?
    It’s sad that truly talented people like H L Mencken and Mark Twain didn’t live longer. Their comments regarding America’s non-leadership would curl the hair of our non-leaders in Washington. That is, if they could read. Or if they gave a damn.
    The solution is to [in the words of those who care so much about us - whether we like it or not] ABORT Mr. Obama’s healthcare SCAM. You NEVER outgrow your need for CHOICE, people.

  • Julianne

    The healthcare bill is not about healthcare it is about Control of
    the American People. It wants to make us so dependant on the
    government that we have to ask them for everything, wether we can eat,
    what we can eat. Can we live or not? Just a few things to think about.

    • Teresa

      You got it

    • http://naver sook young

      You go girl! You’re right, but I just hope that the new people we voted for can at least slow it down till a new president is elected in 2012. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

  • chuckb

    barry is spoon feeding us communism one bite at a time. his healthcare bill is more on people control and tax than in the interest of keeping people healthy. he not only is taking care of the illegals, he is giving the insurance companies a reason to raise their rates, which he lied when saying the bill would result in lower premiums. insurance companies and ones like aarp had their hands in the cookie jar and were rewarded with stimulus money for backing barry on this. this bill should be trashed and in the meantime fix the problems with meducare abd leave it alone it was doing just fine with the exception of the fraud by the doctors themselves and the hospitals. aplly tort reform and the ability to buy insurance across state lines. the liberal attorneys won’t like this, but who really cares what they like.


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