Members of the GOP Doctors Caucus today released the following statements in response to the Supreme Court's decision to review the constitutionality of President Obama's healthcare reform law. The GOP Doctors Caucus has helped lead the fight against Obamacare, a law which ensures government takeover of the nation's healthcare system.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., Co-Chair (GA-11): "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to review President Obama's disastrous healthcare law. This is a step in the right direction towards striking down one of the costliest, most detrimental pieces of legislation in American history. With more than 2,000 pages of job-killing regulations, Obamacare has already cost American businesses billions of dollars. Without repeal, the healthcare law will only continue to stifle our nation's economic recovery."
Rep. Tim Murphy, M.D., Co-Chair (PA-18): "In the history of our nation, never before has the federal government forced citizens to engage in a commercial activity or buy a certain product. It is wholly appropriate and necessary for the Supreme Court to examine the constitutionality of this law and I fully expect under further judicial scrutiny that it will be overturned."
Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (LA-07): "The president's overreaching health-care law requiring all Americans to buy Washington-approved health insurance by 2014 or face a severe penalty is finally being heard by the nation's highest court. This law is not only a threat to the quality and affordability of our country's current health-care system, but it also threatens to bankrupt many of our nation's job creators. While the court system hears this case, House Republicans continue to support the elimination of the president's health-care law in its entirety. Now is the time to repeal and replace Obamacare with legitimate patient-centered solutions that will lower costs and promote the doctor-patient relationship without causing serious damage to our nation's economy."
Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10): "Forcing Americans to buy health insurance is one of the most heinous overreaches of the federal government to date. Our country cannot afford Obamacare's $1 trillion price tag, and Americans don't want the federal government telling them how to live their lives. I hope that the Supreme Court will strike down both the individual mandate and the rest of Obamacare so that we can replace it with constitutional and responsible healthcare reform."
Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08): "I am encouraged by the Supreme Court's decision to take up such an important case regarding states' rights and individual freedoms. I look forward to hearing the oral arguments in March and support the states' decision to contest this overreaching by the federal government. Already this year, I have voted twice to fully repeal Obamacare so we can work to replace it with real reforms that focus on patient access to quality care while lowering overall cost. Unfortunately, our actions in the House have been blocked by President Obama's allies in the Democrat controlled Senate. As a physician, I am committed to a patient centered, private sector approach, not the government takeover that President Obama and his allies are engineering with Obamacare."
Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26): "Today, the Supreme Court announced their plans to take up a judicial review of the president's health care law, the Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act, that was signed into law last March," said Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) who is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus. "The justices will consider if the federal government has exceeded its authority by requiring that every American obtain health insurance by 2014. The American people made it very clear -- give us reform that will address the problems, and leave what is working alone. We could have addressed and accomplished reform in stand-alone bills, and at a much lower cost. We have seen that the new health care law is not what the American people want and I am encouraged that the law will now be heard by the court and hopeful that they will overturn this government overreach."
Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04): "We are a step closer to finding out if the federal government can force its way further into our private lives by requiring the purchase of government-approved health insurance. But, before the Supreme Court case is heard we need to know if Justice Elena Kagan helped the Obama Administration prepare its defense for Obamacare when she was Solicitor General. The Justice Department must answer serious questions about whether Justice Kagan has an inherent conflict of interest which would demand that she recuse herself from the Obamacare case."
Rep. Joe Heck, D.O. (NV-03): "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear constitutional challenges against President Obama's health care law is a victory for Americans," said Congressman Heck. "28 states, including Nevada, are listed as plaintiffs in the case, and they deserve justice. In addition to the question of constitutionality, it was irresponsible to pass a law that increases health care costs, decreases health care access and keeps small-businesses from hiring new workers. This health care law exemplifies the win-at-all-costs approach to legislating that plagued Washington, DC for too long, often at the expense of Nevada's citizens and its economy. The Supreme Court's decision is further proof that efforts to repeal this law are the right ones. I am confident that, in the end, the worst parts of this law will be repealed, the good parts will remain and the parts that need to be fixed will be fixed."
House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA): "The entire government overhaul of America's health care system -- forced through Congress by the previous Democrat majority -- is a threat to the quality, affordability, and accessibility of care in this country," said Chairman Price. "That the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the challenges to the new law is welcome news. At the start of this Congress, House Republicans fulfilled our pledge to repeal this law as a whole -- an effort that was stopped in the Democrat-led Senate. As the Supreme Court hears this case, House Republicans will continue our efforts to eliminate the law in its entirety so that we might replace it with positive reforms that respect the rights of individuals to make personal health care decisions with their doctors. Patient-centered solutions will not only protect, preserve, and promote the doctor-patient relationship but they 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."
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01): "The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if government can force individuals to buy a private product or be penalized for not doing so. This is further evidence the health care legislation was rushed through Congress and is very flawed. While legal fights continue against this health care law in states around the country, and in the Supreme Court, I am committed to working with Congress to repeal the law and address critical health care challenges that face our nation. I urge the Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress to work with Republicans in passing common-sense health care reforms that are constitutionally permissible."
The GOP Doctors Caucus is composed of 21 medical providers in Congress who use medical expertise and experience to develop patient centered, patient driven healthcare reforms focused on quality, access, affordability, portability, and choice.