WASHINGTON Ė In response to the Supreme Courtís decision to uphold Obamacare, the Republican members of the Georgia Congressional delegation today reaffirmed their commitment to the full repeal of the Presidentís health care law. The members cited infringement upon personal freedoms, increased health care costs, and crippling taxes as to why it must be removed. In Georgia alone, the law will cost taxpayers an extra $4.83 billion over 10 years.
Rep. Tom Graves
"Itís a sad day in America, and the Supreme Court's decision is disappointing. First the President told us the individual mandate wasnít a tax. Now, the high court is telling us it is a tax. Bottom line: There are now no limits to how the federal government can tax the American people. Todayís decision only strengthens our resolve to rid the American people of the Obamacare law. Republicans will vigorously rededicate ourselves to removing it once and for all. The health and fiscal well-being of our nation depends on it."
Chairman Phil Gingrey, M.D.:
"Simply put, I am confounded by the Supreme Courtís decision. The President and Congressional Democrats repeatedly and steadfastly denied that Obamacare was a tax, yet that is exactly what the Court has deemed it. In doing so, the Court did indeed rewrite the statute and engage in judicial tax-writing, as the dissenting opinion states. I believe that this disappointing ruling will be disastrous for our health care system, patients, and physicians. As a Congressman, a physician, and most importantly, as an American, my top priority will remain the full repeal of President Obamaís health care law. Health care decisions must remain between health care providers and their patients, and out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats."
House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D.:
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent by allowing this administration to continue pursuing its unbridled effort to erode personal freedom and undo the principles upon which this country was founded. President Obamaís health care law trumps personal health care choices in exchange for a more powerful Washington. It will force American citizens to endure diminished quality of care, increased insurance costs, health care rationing and excessive taxation. We have no choice but to exercise every possible legislative option to repeal this disastrous law. To fix the broken status quo in America's health care system, we ought to pursue positive, patient-centered solutions that preserve the sacred doctor-patient relationship, keep unelected bureaucrats from denying access to care, expand access, address costs, assure quality and encourage innovation all without putting the government in control or imposing mandates."
Rep. Paul Broun, M.D.:
"The Courtís misguided decision is an attack on freedom, an insult to our Constitution, and it will ultimately destroy the best healthcare system in the world. As a physician, I can tell you that if Obamacare takes full effect Ė it will be bad news for patients and doctors alike. Thatís why despite the Courtís liberal ruling, I will continue working to completely repeal Obamacare."
Rep. Rob Woodall
"Though I have great respect for the Supreme Court and will always defend its place as a co-equal branch of our government, I am shocked by the decision of the Court today. I will continue to dig deep into the reasoning of the court, but my first understanding is that with this ruling, the Supreme Court has determined that the U.S. Constitution grants Congress unlimited authority to control the lives of American citizens. This is a tremendous blow to freedom as I understand freedom. We canít put the flawed reasoning of the Court back in the bottle, but we can continue to try to repeal the Presidentís health care bill and all of the troubling mandates that it contains, and I am committed to doing so."
Rep. Austin Scott:
"Despite the Presidentís every attempt to convince the American people otherwise, today the Supreme Court today re-affirmed my long held belief that the health care mandate is a tax increase. Plain and simple, this law is bad policy. I will continue to support efforts to repeal it."
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland:
"In March 2010, President Obama and Congressional Democrats had their say. On the last Thursday in June, the Supreme Court had its say. And on November 6th of this year, the American people will have their say. To quote President Lincoln, our nation is one of the people, by the people, and for the people. And a majority of the people in this country want this law repealed. So while the president might be celebrating his victory today, he will most certainly be hearing from the American people this November. I want to reassure everyone in Georgiaís Third Congressional District that I will not take this decision lying down. Over the next few weeks I will be working closely with my colleagues in Congress and other members of the Georgia delegation to determine the best steps we should take next to get rid of this law before it hurts more American families and small businesses. In fact, Majority Leader Cantor has announced the House will vote once again to fully repeal ObamaCare the week of July 9th. I can let you all know that I will absolutely be voting in favor of repeal once again."