DeMint Introduces Legislation To Repeal Health Care Reform Bill

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Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., unveiled legislation Tuesday to repeal the health care reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier in the day.

"This fight isn't over yet, Republicans are standing with the American people who are demanding we repeal this intolerable act," DeMint said. "We must repeal this bill and start over."

He added, "There are commonsense solutions we can implement to expand health care freedom and choices, lower premiums, and increase quality. But this bill will force taxpayer funding of abortions, raise health costs, hike taxes, cut Medicare, raid Social Security, and put bureaucrats between patients and their doctors."

DeMint further argued that by "ramming through a bill that forces government into the most personal aspect of our lives, the President and his Democrat Party have revealed themselves as being radically to the left of the American people. They will lose this fight in the end; the American people cherish their freedom and will defend it this November."

The bill is being co-sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Robert Bennett, R-Utah, Kit Bond, R-Mo., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Mike Crapo, R-Ida., John Ensign, R-Nev., Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, James Inhofe, R-Okl., George LeMieux, R-Fla., James Risch, R-Ida., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and David Vitter, R-La.

Earlier in the day, Obama signed into law what he called a historic reform of the nation's health insurance system.

Obama, who was greeted with chants of "fired up" and "ready to go" by lawmakers in the White House East Room for the signing ceremony, said the signing would mark a new season in America.

The president acknowledged that some of the reforms would not be fully implemented for four years, a delay that he said was needed to implement the policies responsibly.

But he also highlighted some of the "desperately needed reforms" that would take effect over the next year.

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