WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., said the healthcare law "fosters a climate of uncertainty and instability throughout our economy" and called for its repeal.
"This healthcare law just flies in the face of what America is supposed to be, and repealing it would revitalize our economy and the values upon which our country was founded," Buerkle said in the weekly Saturday Republican media address.
"Then we would finally be able to pursue a common-sense, step-by-step approach that protects Americans' access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost."
Buerkle, a mother of six who has worked as a nurse and a healthcare attorney, said, "I know how important it is to ensure families and doctors make these decisions -- not Washington."
The congresswoman said the healthcare law had increased costs for small businesses and made it more difficult for them to hire workers.
She pointed out that the Supreme Court, in upholding most of the law, called the individual mandate a "tax."
"The health care law, which carries an astronomical price tag and a mess of regulations, taxes and fees, fosters a climate of uncertainty and instability throughout our economy," Buerkle said.
She noted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has said 74 percent of small businesses said the healthcare law makes it more difficult for them to hire new employees.