Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's announcement that the justices will review the Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act and consider if the federal government has exceeded its authority by requiring that every American obtain health insurance by 2014:
"I am glad to hear that the Supreme Court will take up a judicial review of the president's health care law. While we all agree that reforms are needed, the American people have made it very clear that this $2.6 trillion government takeover of the health care system is not what they had in mind. Just last week, Ohioans went to the polls and overwhelmingly voted in favor of preserving the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage; a right that has been infringed upon by Obamacare.
"Our nation faces a record-high deficit, and rather than reducing government spending, President Obama's health care law will add billions to our already unsustainable mountain of debt. This all adds up to higher taxes and further burdens on our employers and small businesses in the middle of a tough economy, at a time when we need to end the uncertainty and help them begin hiring again.
"I am encouraged that the law will now be heard by the court and hopeful that they will overturn this massive government overreach so that we can implement patient-centered solutions that will not only protect, preserve, and promote the doctor-patient relationship but will also avoid the unnecessary and costly damage that will be done to our health care system and our economy by the President's misguided policies."