On Thursday, Congressmen Phil Gingrey (R-GA-11) and Tom Graves (R-GA-09) released comments shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.
Congressmen Phil Gingrey said via email, “In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare, today I reaffirmed my commitment to the full repeal of the President’s health care law. The President’s law infringes upon personal freedoms, increases health care costs, and saddles small businesses with crippling taxes and in Georgia alone, the law will cost taxpayers an extra $4.83 billion over 10 years.”
“Simply put, I am confounded by the Supreme Court’s 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 Obama’s health care law. Health care decisions must remain between health care providers and their patients, and out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats, “said Gingrey.
On the same day, Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-09) stated, “This is a dark day in our history. While I’m disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision, I’m more resolved than ever to repealing this law in its entirety.”
“First the President told us the individual mandate was not a tax. Now, the high court is telling us it is a tax. What’s clear from today’s ruling is there are now no limits to how the federal government can tax the American people. This is not the America I know and love,” said Graves.
“House Republicans are firmly committed to removing this entire law. Once that work is done, and the nightmare known as Obamacare is fully behind us, we must engage in a thoughtful, common-sense approach to reforming health care in America. Any reforms we undertake pertaining to health care must let families make their own health choices and preserve the doctor-patient relationship. It’s time for a patient-centered, patient-driven, free market-focused solution for health care.”
Their comments were echoed by all Republicans since the Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 ruling, which upheld the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare on Thursday. The case was argued before the court’s nine justices earlier this year.