Nevadans Face Consequences of ObamaCare
June 28, 2012
(Las Vegas, NV) – Today the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare stands as a new tax on Americans. Now, Nevada families, businesses, seniors and medical providers must continue to deal with the consequences. Perhaps if seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley had been less focused on following President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, she would have had the courage to make the law work better for Nevadans when she had a chance.
“When Democrats controlled the House and Congresswoman Berkley sat on the very Committee that created ObamaCare, she did nothing to try to make the health care law better for Nevadans. But even though she admitted the law was ‘terrible,’ Shelley Berkley was too afraid to stand up to Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, just like when she voted for the trillion dollar stimulus and the national energy tax.
“Now, we’re stuck with legislation that is forcing people out of jobs, increasing costs of health care, putting government between patients and their doctors, limiting seniors’ access to care and, as the Supreme Court ruled today, taxing Nevadans. That’s the kind of leadership Nevadans can expect from Shelley Berkley,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
- Today, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld ObamaCare under the taxing clause.
- Congresswoman Berkley sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which was responsible for crafting healthcare legislation during congressional debate in 2009. She offered no amendments to improve the bill.
- She did, however, vote for the legislation, which cut $500 billion from Medicare and created a panel of 15 bureaucrats that have the power to deny care for seniors.
- According to news reports, Shelley Berkley said she knew ObamaCare was “terrible,” but she voted for it because Nancy Pelosi would “punish” her if she didn’t.
- Yet Congresswoman Berkley voted for the law and even attended the signing ceremony at the White House. (Lisa Mascaro, “Harry Reid, Shelley Berkley to attend health bill signing; Dina Titus won’t,” Las Vegas Sun, June 17, 2012)
- Since then, she has voted against repealing the law in its entirety as well as portions of the law.