WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) voted to repeal the Democrat health care law on behalf of all Ohioans.  Senator Portman issued the following statement:

“It is becoming more and more clear that the budget-busting new health care law raises costs for Ohio families and hurts Ohio jobs.  Add to that the court rulings finding the law unconstitutional, and it seems clear to me that it is time to take a new approach.  Families and small businesses deserve far better than a big-government approach to health care that raises taxes and costs while putting us on an unsustainable fiscal path.  Although the Senate vote to repeal was not successful, on the heels of two judicial decisions ruling the health care law unconstitutional and a vote in the United States House of Representatives to repeal the law, I hope Democrats will work on a bipartisan basis to repeal this law and start over with a better approach to reduce costs and expand access,” said Portman.

Last week, Senator Portman unveiled his first piece of legislation, The Job Creation Act of 2011, which includes a provision that would repeal the unconstitutional individual mandate, along with other job-friendly proposals like lowering payroll taxes to incentivize hiring, and reducing the deficit. 

“There is a better way to reform health care and expand coverage while creating jobs and reducing the uncertainty many employers face and that begins with an open debate in the United States Senate.”