Late Thursday night, Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law with Senator Isaskon saying, “I am sorely disappointed that the Court has upheld the individual mandate as a legal tax on the American people,” said Isakson. “Today’s ruling does not change the fact that there have been enormous problems trying to implement this terribly flawed law and that it must be repealed and replaced with a step-by-step approach that makes health care more accessible, affordable and competitive.”
Senator Isakson extended his remarks through a release to constituents and media by saying, “I am working with my Republican colleagues in the Senate to repeal and replace this health care law, which will raise taxes, raise premiums, cut benefits for seniors and place a massive unfunded mandates on the states. In addition, I support the efforts of the state attorneys general who are suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the new federal mandate requiring all individuals to buy insurance policies.”
“There could be some common ground between Republicans and Democrats on health care in terms of insurance portability and not being rejected for pre-existing conditions or cancelled if you have a disease. However, I firmly believe the best way to reach these goals is through choice and competition in the private sector, “said Isakson.
“The key to health care reform is stimulating competition in a market-based system that will encourage private health insurers and managed care providers to compete for business and make health insurance more affordable for consumers. Congress should look carefully into proposals that will increase coverage of preventative and wellness care, which will help control the cost of managing chronic diseases and drive down the cost of treating largely preventable conditions.”
Senator Chambliss echoed Senator Isakson’s comments and added, “I am disappointed in today’s decision. While I believe the individual mandate to directly contradict the Constitution, we must respect the decision of the court. However, this is not the final chapter in the healthcare-reform debate. I will continue to push to repeal the law, and urge Congress and the next administration to work to replace Obamacare.”
“This law adds new taxes on an already overtaxed population, and adds regulation to an already over-regulated industry. We must address the skyrocketing costs of health care and its impact on individuals, families and small businesses while working together on transparent and measured reforms to ensure that everyone has access to quality and affordable care.”
Both Isakson and Chambliss voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and they have both voted to repeal the law and plan to do so. Sen. Isakson also co-sponsored the Republican alternative, S.1099, Patients’ Choice Act of 2009, which sought to strengthen the relationship between the patient and the doctor by using choice and competition, rather than rationing and restrictions, to contain costs and ensure affordable health care for all Americans.
Following the ruling announcement on Thursday, Isakson was interviewed on WABE 90.1 FM radio in Atlanta as well as on the Rusty Humphries Show on WGST 640 AM in Atlanta. He was also interviewed jointly with Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens by WSB-TV and radio, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.