Farm Bureau Supports House Effort to Repeal Health Care Bill


Speaker of the House John Boehner (R- Ohio) will make repeal of the much maligned health care bill a top priority.

The House is scheduled to vote next Wednesday to repeal the new health care law and the reconciliation bill that accompanied it. The legislation will leave intact an overhaul of the student loan industry that was passed as part of the reconciliation measure.

AFBF supports repeal of the health care law and will send a letter upon adoption of the rule, which is expected Friday.

Farm Bureau backs health insurance reform, but it must be workable, sustainable and be balanced against the overall cost of doing business. Farm Bureau believes that new taxes, including Form 1099 reporting, coverage mandates and growth in government programs passed as part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act far outweigh proposed benefits.

The repeal bill is expected to pass the Republican-controlled House and fail in the Democratic Senate. Even if both houses pass repeal, President Barack Obama is expected to veto the bill.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bob K. Taylor on January 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Farm Bureau, I do not know if you got the message but you guys are nuts to support repeal of the health care bill. You are aligning with the Insursance companies. Of course they do not like the bill because they have to pay claims where they do not want to. they cannot deny coverage. So you are supporting the corporate world and not the people. So you do not support “of the people, by the people and for the people”. You support “of the money by the money and for the money” Bob Taylor

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  2. Posted by Shawn Martini on January 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Bob,

    We support health care reform, just not the current version. There are many things congress could do to open up better health care in rural communities and this bill does none of them.The key here is “workable” and “balanced against the overall cost of doing business.”

    We simply don’t think that a bill which pays for itself by increasing the cost of doing business through tools like raising the 1099 requirement (which will cost businesses $17 billion) is a workable solution for America’s farmers and ranchers.

    I would encourage you to take up this issue in the upcoming policy development season at your county farm bureau. Thats one of the great things about Farm Bureau, you can change our policy.

    Best of luck!

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