image001(2)WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement after voting for the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.” The legislation passed the House 240-181.

“Today, the U.S. House voted to send a bill to the President that cuts the federal deficit by over half a trillion dollars in the next 10 years by repealing both ObamaCare and defunding Planned Parenthood. I enthusiastically supported this legislation.

“President Obama can no longer hide behind Harry Reid and his games in the Senate on this issue: he is now forced to accept responsibility for his position on these critical issues. Although I have joined with my colleagues in the House to vote to repeal ObamaCare in full and in part over 40 times, today marks the first time that the Senate has joined the House to approve an ObamaCare repeal measure.

“The majority of those I represent in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio do not want their healthcare decisions dictated to them from Washington bureaucrats, and they don’t want their tax dollars going to abortion providers; nor do they want their tax dollars supporting Planned Parenthood. This bill illustrates that both the House and Senate are listening to the American people, and, with the President’s likely veto, it clearly shows where the ultimate roadblock is. House Republicans are unified in our opposition to ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood, and we are focused on crafting a patient-centered healthcare solution that puts the American people back in charge of their healthcare.”