U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., vowed tonight that he will work to cut off funding for the health care reform plan adopted by Congress last year.
In a "Tele-Town Hall" meeting with constituents on the telephone, Fleischmann said he was encouraged by a second federal judge ruling this week against the new health law.
Fleischmann, a Chattanooga attorney, said he agrees with the decision of U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson that the law in unconstitutional in mandating individuals buy health insurance.
Calling "ObamaCare" a "very, very bad health bill," Fleischmann said the measure needs to be totally repealed and a new reform plan adopted that is more business friendly and less controversial.
The Chattanooga congressman said the health care plan adopted by the Democratically controlled Congress last spring will ultimately hurt small businesses forced to add health insurance for their workers if they have more than 50 employees. That could hurt business growth and hiring, Fleischmann said.
"We want a health care bill that people can support," he said. "The Obama health care bill had so many problems that it has to be repealed and we need to start over. We've got to wipe the slate clean and work on a bill that makes more sense."
Fleischmann said he was encouraged by the tone of President Obama's State of the Union speech last week.
"This didn't seem to be the same president who with the liberal leadership in Congress last year spent us into submission," he said.
Fleischmann said Obama's call for a spending freeze doesn't go far enough in cutting deficit spending. Fleischmann voted with Republicans last month to roll back domestic spending to 2008 levels.