Members of the GOP Doctors Caucus today issued the following statements in response to U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruling H.R. 3590, the Patient, Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional:
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., Co-Chair (GA-11): "The American people rejected the President's health care plan last November, the U.S. House of Representatives repealed it two weeks ago, and now the justice system has again ruled it unconstitutional. With this ruling, our nation is one step closer to reaffirming what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said "the policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free." I believe no citizen should have their liberty taken from them, especially by their government, and will not stop fighting until Obamacare is repealed. Now I call on the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of the House and repeal Obamacare immediately."
Rep. Tim Murphy, Ph.D, Co-Chair (PA-18): "Judge Robert Vinson's decision reminds us that the freedoms guaranteed to us in the Constitution still reign over any law passed by Congress. Aside from the heavy burden the healthcare law's individual mandate puts on Americans, it does nothing to deliver better and more affordable care. The election of healthcare coverage is clearly a decision to be made by the people, not Washington. The individual mandate extends the arm of the federal government far further than ever intended, and in doing so strips liberties when the ultimate goal of healthcare reform is to provide more choice."
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01): "This ruling is a direct rejection of Obamacare, and it is another confirmation that the law went too far. The House already voted to repeal Obamacare, and I urge the Senate to push forward and do the same so we can replace it with commonsense -- and constitutional -- legislation that aims at lowering health care costs."
Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. (LA-07): "I applaud this ruling. Once again, a federal judge has recognized the unconstitutionality of this law, and I hope the Supreme Court will quickly uphold this decision. The American people deserve real solutions that bring down the cost of healthcare, and improve quality and access. As a physician on the Ways and Means Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to bring about meaningful health care reform."
Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04): "Today's ruling marks another major milestone in the fight to end ObamaCare. It is also a significant victory for the majority of American's who firmly opposed this unconstitutional government takeover of health care. While this ruling is a step in the right direction, we must continue to remain vigilant as the process moves forward. House Republicans stood with the American people when we repealed ObamaCare, and will continue in the fight to defund this monstrosity and replace it with market-based patient-centered solutions."
Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08): "I am encouraged by the court's decision to declare the individual mandate unconstitutional. This ruling will allow the judicial process to work the way it was designed before we burden businesses and individuals with this overreaching law. This is more proof that repealing ObamaCare was the right thing to do as we have begun working on a replacement bill that will focus on access to quality care and driving down costs."
Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06): "As the ruling in Florida today confirms, ObamaCare not only poses a threat to job creation, our nation's fiscal well-being, and quality healthcare, but simply put, the law threatens our individual liberties," said Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. "ObamaCare's individual mandate is unconstitutional and opens the door to putting near limitless authority in the hands of the federal government. In an effort to rollback this unprecedented growth in the power of Washington, House Republicans have already followed through on our pledge to repeal this disastrous policy. While courts in Virginia and Florida continue to validate our fight against an unconstitutional expansion of federal authority, Republicans will do our part to support further repeal efforts and focus on adopting patient-centered reforms that embrace the principles of access, affordability, quality, responsiveness, innovation, and choices."
Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (TX-26): "The ruling today sends a clear message that over half of the states know that the health care law is not good for America. The fight for true reform is far from over. We must continue to work to repeal the legislation that was signed into law and replace it with reform that will create a health care system that is focused on patients instead of payments, quality instead of quantity, affordability instead of cheapness, and innovation instead of stagnation."