Obamacare is getting closer to becoming a reality.
With only two weeks to go until the opening of the exchanges, it is obvious that while President Obama has provided relief from the onerous law for businesses and the politically connected, he has no intention of doing the same for everyday citizens.
Obamacare is the wrong law for everyone.
As we approach October 1, we must find a winning strategy to prevent Obamacare from being forced upon millions of hardworking families.
I and House Republicans have led the fight to get rid of this terrible law and make sure the American people are treated fairly.
I have voted over 35 times to repeal, defund, dismantle, and block implementation of Obamacare.
I introduced my own legislation to block the IRS from implementing it and defund the entire law.
The House recently passed a one-year delay of the individual mandate to protect all Americans, not just businesses, from the uncertainty, confusion and increased cost this law will bring.
However, Senator Reid and President Obama have refused to give this delay to everyone.
Republicans have been successful in getting rid of several troublesome provisions of the law, including the 1099 reporting requirement and the CLASS Act program, and slashing funding for the Obamacare slush fund and the Independent Payment Advisory rationing board.
But that has not been enough.
While I am proud of the strides House Republicans have made in repealing parts of this law, we must come up with a strategy to effectively stop Obamacare.
I want families to be able to make their own choices in health care, visit the doctor of their choosing and receive the health care they feel is best. Those decisions should not be made by Washington.
Unfortunately, House Republicans' attempts to repeal and defund Obamacare have been blocked at every turn by Senate Democrats and the president.
We can expect more of the same as we make another push to stop the law before October 1.
It's disheartening to see the Senate and the President refuse to listen to the concerns and will of the American people.
We are faced with many challenges in this fight for freedom and fairness. Regardless, I will continue to do everything I can to prevent my constituents and the American people from being forced into a healthcare law they do not want.
Let me be clear: I 100 percent oppose Obamacare and I am fully committed to finding a way to stop it.
I have heard from my constituents and spoken to families across the district, and we agree that Obamacare is wrong for the nation, for Pennsylvania and for the people of the 9th District.
I will continue to fight for you and stop Obamacare from being fully implemented in two weeks.
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R) serves the 9th Congressional District.