WASHINGTON – House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) issued the following statement today regarding the House vote on H.R. 1217, which repeals a provision that established a slush fund in the Democrats' government takeover of health care law. That provision in the law authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to spend nearly $18 billion of taxpayer funds over the next decade without any oversight.
“Through their government takeover of health care, Democrats granted unprecedented power and funding to federal bureaucrats without any oversight to make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely. It’s an expensive and inefficient way to run an operation, and one that House Republicans refuse to allow America's children and grandchildren to pay for.
“Families need to know where their health care money is being spent, and so do taxpayers. At a time when our nation is in unprecedented debt and we’re borrowing nearly 42 cents on the dollar, much of it from the Chinese, to pay for these programs, the federal government cannot continue to spend money it doesn’t have.
“Piece by piece, House Republicans are acting to defund President Obama’s health care law and protect the American people from the job-destroying taxes and spending it guarantees.
“Eliminating this taxpayer-funded slush fund is one piece of this crucial fight for real health care reform that respects the right of individual Americans to make their own health care decisions. This kind of spending cut helps place America on a new fiscal trajectory that encourages job creation and rescues future generations from national bankruptcy.”