U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) made the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's decision not to repeal Obamacare:
Senator Lugar expressed disappointment today in the Supreme Court decision to uphold ObamaCare. "I continue to support full repeal of the massively expensive ObamaCare law," Lugar said.
Lugar voted against the Affordable Care Act at every step of its legislative consideration. He has repeatedly cited concern with ObamaCare's trillions of dollars of new spending, billions in new taxes, and failure to control the rapid increase in health care costs threatening American families and businesses. In his initial statement on the bill in July 2009, Lugar made the point that "a majority of the Members of Congress share President Obama's humane goal that millions more Americans might enjoy health insurance coverage and that medical care for all Americans might be substantially improved but that President Obama and the Congress must recognize that the overwhelming demand of most Americans is that presidential and congressional leadership should focus each day on restoration of jobs." This statement is as true today as when delivered.
"The reality is ObamaCare has presented additional burdens to small businesses and levies new taxes that will hit American families and job creators in the years to come. The law also fails to keep the President's promise to let Americans keep the coverage they already have and enjoy," Lugar said. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 3 to 5 million Americans, and perhaps many more, will lose their employer-sponsored coverage as a result of ObamaCare.
Lugar continues to recommend the following action plan for Congress:
· Repeal ObamaCare;
· Work with federal agencies to minimize the disruption of health care services as ObamaCare implementation ceases and specific regulations are rescinded; and
· Begin congressional hearings on replacement alternatives with a particular focus on incremental reforms that will minimize insurance market volatility and limit the lasting negative impact of ObamaCare on patients, health care providers, taxpayers, and state and federal budgets. Hearings could also point toward any specific provisions where a broad bipartisan level of support might indicate the wisdom on continuation.