Florida Rep. Dennis Ross on Repeal and Replace

Published February 23, 2012

“I reject the idea that we have to settle for a partial approach to getting rid of Obamacare. We have to follow through on what we promised the American people: repeal and replace. Of course, one of the things we haven’t done yet is come forward with a patient-centered plan to replace Obamacare, but we did pass out of the House last year a symbolic repeal of Obamacare. The next step is to put forward our alternative.

“I think what we have to do is come back and say, in replacing this bad idea, we want this one instead: an approach that allows for the interstate sale of health insurance, which uses tort reform to reduce defensive medicine, and a patient-centered approach to policy which allows for affordability and availability of health care but also encourages individual responsibility.

“We have to grow our economy if we want to get out of debt. We see the crisis coming, and we know we can’t tax our way out of it. And you can’t grow the economy when you are being drained by the mandates, regulations, and requirements of this disastrous law.”

—Rep. Dennis Ross, Republican from Florida, speaking on the Health Care News podcast. Listen at: http://heartland.org/podcasts/.