Sen. Shelby cosponsors 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/WSFA) - Alabama Senator Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) is cosponsoring legislation to repeal the recently passed healthcare reform law.

Senator Shelby said the United States has the best health care in the world, but "Because government will now play a central role in our health care system, Obamacare will destroy the quality of care and lead to rationing of it.

Shelby said the bill will "actually dramatically increases taxes, cuts deeply into Medicare programs, fails to prohibit federally funded abortions, interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, threatens job creation, and fails to control health care costs. This expanded government role will also have disastrous effects on our fiscal and economic situation."

"I firmly support full repeal of Obamacare," Senator Shelby said. "We must replace it with sensible reforms that focus on lowering costs, improving access and strengthening the doctor-patient relationship."


Republican lawmakers in nearly a dozen states, including Alabama, are reaching into the dusty annals of American history to fight President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Idaho representatives on Wednesday introduced a measure in committee that hinges on "nullification" - Thomas Jefferson's 18th-century doctrine that purported to give states final say in constitutional matters, instead of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alabama is joined by Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming in weighing the merits of nullification.

Some scholars say nullification proponents won't win, because federal laws are "the supreme law of the land."

Idaho GOP Rep. Vito Barbieri says if Congress can tell states what to do with impunity, states "might as well just get rubber stamps."

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