Rep. Hanna Votes to Repeal Medical Tax, Votes Against Delay of Obamacare
As lawmakers in Washington edge the Federal Government toward a shutdown today, the Congressman representing Cortland County voted against a delay in the affordable health care act.
The House passed two amendments Sunday that would delay the implementation of Obamacare and repeal the health care law's medical device tax which is intended to fund the healthcare legislation.
Republican Congressman Richard Hanna voted to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax, however Hanna broke with his party and voted against an amendment to delay Obamacare for one year. Hanna was one of two Republicans who voted against the delay.
While Hanna supported the medical device tax repeal, he explained in a statement posted on his Facebook page that he did not support the amendment delaying Obamacare. Republican leaders added a so-called "conscience clause" to the measure that would "allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds."
Hanna said he supports repealing and replacing Obamacare with reforms that actually reduce health care costs and increase coverage for upstate New Yorkers.," Hanna went on to say that as a lifelong and consistent supporter of women's rights and health care, he did not support addressing divisive social issues such as access to birth control on a last-minute continuing resolution."
The House did approve legislation that will ensure members of the military receive paychecks in the event of a government shutdown today.