Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement after attending oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of the Obama Administration's health care law:
"Observing the High Court's oral arguments this afternoon was an extraordinary privilege. As a doctor who treated Northern Michigan patients for more than 28 years, I believe there is a strong case for the law's unconstitutionality.
The Administration claimed individuals would be able to keep their private insurance if they liked it, but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now predicts that millions of Americans could lose their employer-sponsored healthcare. This legislation is called the "Affordable Care Act," but I have yet to see the affordable part of it. The CBO recently revised their cost estimate of the law and said it would total $1.48 trillion.
I do not believe Americans should be compelled to purchase products the federal government deems necessary. The founders of our country wrote a Constitution that describes a small federal government, but this law places the federal government in the middle of important health care decisions that should be made by patients and doctors. I am hopeful that the Justices of the Supreme Court will rule this law unconstitutional when they make their final ruling this summer.
As a surgeon for three decades, I believe the solutions to health care reform can be found in increasing health care access for all citizens, increasing competition among providers, and increasing innovation in medical technologies."