Congressmen Release Statements On Supreme Court Ruling

Speaker John Boehner:

The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire.  Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety.  What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.  Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare.

Representative Paul Gosar:

When Obamacare was sold to the American public by Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other Democrats, they essentially lied to the public and said it was not a tax.   However, in order to pay for this monstrous government takeover, taxes were imposed in a variety of ways, including through the individual mandate that required everyone to buy government insurance or pay penalties.   Today, the Court said Congress can impose new taxes and that the individual mandate is constitutional as a new tax.  In short, if it walks like a tax, talks like a tax, and quacks like a tax, the Supreme Court will tell us it’s a tax. And so it did.

Hard working American people already suffer under a crushing weight of taxes. The last thing they need is yet more taxes. This is what Obamacare is, however, and I will not rest until this excessive and wasteful tax is repealed.

Americans stand resolved that this legislation will spell the ruin of health care in this country by driving up taxes, increasing health care costs as well as weakening the physician patient relationship with bureaucratic interference.

As a healthcare provider, I remain confident that the best solution is a full repeal of this costly burdensome legislation which will hurt patients by undermining access to quality care while adding billions to our deficit.  I will continue to advocate for stronger, smarter and more cost effective measures to solve our nation’s healthcare crisis without government interference. We must remember that the driving force for all healthcare reform should be a patient centered and patient friendly system.

Representative Trey Gowdy:

The question every American should now be asking themselves is what's next? Can Congress "tax" you for not exercising enough since that impacts the cost of healthcare? Can Congress "tax" you for eating certain foods or offer "tax" breaks for avoiding certain foods? Can Congress "tax" you because you only walk on the treadmill and don't run? Are there any limits to the power of the federal government?”

Our forefathers would not recognize the modern day interpretation of the document they wrote and ratified.

The President said this wasn't a "tax" and the Supreme Court bailed him out by re-interpreting his argument as a "tax" rather than as a mandate and an expansion of the commerce clause. 

Federalism is gone. The state has the power to control--via mandate or "tax"--virtually all aspects of your life. It's a sad day for those who believe in personal responsibility and a limited federal government.


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