WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) today fought to repeal ObamaCare during House Appropriations Subcommittee markup of the Fiscal Year 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill. Tiahrt is the Ranking Republican on the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over all funding for the new healthcare law.

"ObamaCare must be repealed," said Tiahrt. "This unconstitutional law must be repealed in its entirety and replaced with true reforms that will increase access and quality and lower the costs of healthcare for every American. We can do this without more government bureaucracy or skyrocketing taxes on every American family. Most importantly, Americans do not want ObamaCare and have been screaming their opposition to this law and this enormity of government intrusion into their daily lives. It’s time to repeal and start-over."

Tiahrt also challenged the Democrat-led committee on the bloated spending initiatives contained in the bill by offering 10 amendments to cut spending, reduce the size of government and eliminate the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars. This budget-busting bill contains a total of $176.4 billion in discretionary funding – which is more than $13 billion over last year’s level of $163.3 billion. This also represents a 22 percent increase since Fiscal Year 2007 or since President Obama has been in office.

"We absolutely cannot afford these increases," said Tiahrt. "We need to reduce the size of government not make it larger. Setting priorities means focusing on the "must do" instead of the "nice-to-do" items in this appropriations bill. We’re spending money we do not have on programs we cannot afford. This is reckless and irresponsible and will only do more damage to our already faltering economy. The Democrat majority must tighten up their belt and grow the economy from the ground up—not the government down."