Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement regarding his vote to repeal Obamacare:

“Obamacare is making health care more expensive with higher premiums, higher co-pays and higher deductibles. Ohioans have been told that their premiums could increase by up to 30% and thousands have lost the insurance they had and were happy with. Sadly, this is the predictable result of partisan legislation that was forced through Congress without any bipartisan support. I'm for repealing this broken law and replacing it with something better that gives patients more choice, decreases costs and increases access to quality, affordable care.

“I am also pleased that today's legislation takes steps to address the drug epidemic that is affecting too many Ohio communities by taking money saved from repealing Obamacare and putting it toward substance abuse programs and mental health treatment in states. This is an issue that should transcend politics and I will continue my efforts to help those struggling with drug abuse and addiction.

“The bill also extends Medicaid expansion through 2017, giving the new president and the new Congress time to come up with bipartisan reforms to better cover the uninsured. Medicaid badly needs reform, but as that is done we must ensure that Ohioans who rely on it for health care don't have a lapse of coverage.”

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