FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Congressman Marlin Stutzman has become one of the leading voices in Washington opposing Obamacare. While the odds are defunding it are small, Stutzman said he cannot stop trying.
Stutzman told NewsChannel 15 that 90 percent of his conversations with people in his district is on the topic.
"Reality is setting in, and the American people, Hoosiers I talk to everyday are telling me the consequences that they now are experiencing," the Congressman said. "Since reality is here, and we're seeing higher premiums, we're seeing part-time labor increasing because businesses are moving hours. We saw that happen at Fort Wayne Community Schools, to avoid providing health insurance."
"We're seeing that this law is not working, so defunding it, stopping it, whatever it takes to fix this problem is what we need to do. It's the number one issue right now. People are afraid of what the future holds."
Stutzman's chances of repealing it are slim. In fact, the Republican-controlled U.S. House has unsuccessfully tried to repeal the health care law 40 times. Stutzman said he's told the district that it's an uphill battle.
"Harry Reid in the Senate, and Democrats in the Senate, don't seem to be interested in reforming it" Stutzman said. "Senator [Joe] Donnelly, which I'll give credit to, has a bill to deal with the 40-hour work week, but he's probably one of the few. Republicans are trying. Democrats for the most part are not, and are insistent that this be the law of the land.
Aspects of Obamacare are scheduled to go into effect in January of next year.
Stutzman said he believes Congress is open to making changes to the law to improve it. "If the president would just come to Congress and saw we got to fix problems here with the law, I think he would find a very open Congress to work with him," the Congressman said. "But he seems insistent about this is going to be the way things are going to be, and Hoosier families are being hurt by it."
On Wednesday, Stutzman also discussed Obamacare on "The Sean Hannity Show," a talk-radio program. The following are excerpts from the show:
On ObamaCare’s impact on Americans:
“ObamaCare is creating chaos. It is hurting people in today’s economy and in today’s family budgets and I think that we have to find every way that we can to stop the chaos and the hurt that is going on from ObamaCare.”
On the House funding the government but not ObamaCare:
“As Republicans—as we control the House of Republicans—we should not have our fingerprints on the funding of ObamaCare whatsoever and [we should] send a continuing resolution over to the Senate, reluctantly voting for all these other aspects of government spending but not putting ObamaCare in the continuing resolution. Send it over to the Senate and make the Senate, if they want to put the funding in for ObamaCare, let them do it. That way they have to go back to their constituencies and answer to them why they are the ones funding ObamaCare when it’s hurting them.”
On the President’s false choice between ObamaCare and a shutdown:
“Our goal is not to shut the government down – that’s been the President’s rhetoric. He’s the one that brought the matter up. You can tell that he is dead set on forcing ObamaCare on the American people, forcing premiums to go up, forcing people to go into part-time work, forcing people to lose benefits and insurance. That’s his doing. He’s willing to make us choose between that and shutting the government down? That’s a false choice. That is not something that we have to choose between. That’s why we in the House of Representatives need to keep talking about how we’re going to fund the government. We’re going to do our work. We’re going to do our job. But what we hear every day from our constituents is that ObamaCare is bad for America and that we shouldn’t fund it.”
On the urgency to stop ObamaCare now:
“This is hurting Americans. If we let this continue to go on, it’s only going to get worse and that’s why we need to do it today. That’s why we need to do it now.”
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