Capito taking on Obamacare

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito plans to voice her opposition to the Affordable Care Act with a vote in the House of Representatives Friday.

House Republicans have scheduled the vote on Georgia Rep. Tom Price’s Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The legislation would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any portion of the health care reform law.

“I look forward to supporting legislation this week that would prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing provisions of ObamaCare,” Capito, R-W.Va., said in an e-mail exchange with The Inter-Mountain this week.

“I have repeatedly voted to repeal ObamaCare because it is increasing health care costs, limiting access to care and creating uncertainty for businesses across the country,” the 2nd District representative said in the email message. “I will continue to fight for its full repeal.”

Friday’s vote will be the House Republicans’ 40th attempt at repealing Obamacare. Pundits believe this vote may carry more weight than the previous ones, coming soon after the recent delay in implementing Obamacare’s employer mandate, which would be enforced by the IRS.

Capito voted against President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation, saying she believes the law increases taxes and government mandates, while doing nothing to address the ever increasing cost of health care.

Capito has announced she will run for the Senate seat held since 1984 by Democrat Jay Rockefeller, who has said he will not run for re-election in 2014.

In April, Rockefeller, a leading force in the creation of the president’s health care law, said Obamacare is at risk of falling under its own regulatory weight and that it’s becoming too complicated to properly implement.

“[The law] is so complicated and if it isn’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse,” he said, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

“I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,” Rockefeller said. “Tax reform obviously has been huge, too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.”