Representative James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court concluded the second day of oral arguments over the President's healthcare law.
"I am pleased that the day has finally come for the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on the President's healthcare plan," said Representative Lankford. "Many Americans have very vocally rejected the notion that government should be involved in their private healthcare decisions. When the law originally passed, the President insisted that "if you like your healthcare, you can keep it.' Every day we see more evidence to the contrary. I have heard from Oklahomans through emails, town halls, and Facebook posts that they prefer to have the freedom to make their own decisions in consultation with their doctor, not bureaucrats in Washington. They believe there are better ways to ensure every American has access to quality health care at an affordable price."
In the past year, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that costs for the President's healthcare plan have already doubled over original estimates. CBO also stated that 5 to 6 million people in the near- to medium-term will drop off private insurance plans and be forced into the new federal plan.
"There is no question that our nation's healthcare reimbursement system is broken and that coverage remains out of reach for too many Americans," continued Representative Lankford. Increasing government bureaucracy will not make health care more personal or affordable at all. Access to quality, affordable health care is a noble and attainable goal, but we need effective, affordable solutions that prioritize the patient-doctor relationship, and avoid empowering bureaucratic boards in Washington.
"I look forward to a thorough review of the constitutionality of this law and a rejection of the law's mandate's later this summer," concluded Representative Lankford.