Congress Begins Debate On Health Care Repeal

By Scott Sarvay

January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Freshman House Representative, Marlin Stutzman was in Fort Wayne and told Indiana’s NewsCenter that when voters elected a Republican majority in the House, last November it had a lot to do with the debate over health-care.

Stutzman says there's no denying there are problems with the health-care system but says there's a better way to fix it.

He claims the recently passed health-care bill is killing jobs, small businesses, and the economy.

After speaking at a luncheon at the Fort Wayne Farm Show on Tuesday the farmer-turned-politician was driving back to Indianapolis and hopping on a plane to Washington D.C. where he plans to participate in debates leading up to Wednesday’s House vote.

Meanwhile, 6th District Congressman Mike Pence spoke at the Indiana General Assembly expecting to arrive back on Capitol Hill for Tuesday’s debates.

Both men are expected to vote to "repeal."

Stutzman says, “I think it's important that we say this is job number one for us to get our economy moving again, getting jobs as a part of our focal point, but knowing that the health care bill is a big part of what is deterring a lot of jobs from being created right now."

Some critics on both sides of the isle have said perhaps it would have been better for Republicans to draft their own solutions to health-care problems before voting to repeal the law.

Stutzman thinks the law needs to be repealed immediately. But once that's done there will be specific steps taken to target problems with the system.

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