Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care law:
"I join the American people in their disappointment over today's Supreme Court ruling. This is unfortunate news for patients and for taxpayers. The President has consistently told the American people that this mandate was not a tax. This decision serves as yet another example of the lack of transparency and honesty coming from this administration, and it shows their willingness to lie so they can impose their will on the American people.
"There is no way to 'fix' this hopelessly broken law. It's time for Congress to admit Obamacare was a mistake and give the American people what they want -- a chance to start with a clean slate on real health care transformation. We must repeal Obamacare and work step-by-step to replace it with real solutions that work. We are going to focus on 5 items - increase choice and options; decrease cost and mandates; simplify the system for patients and providers; restore the cuts Obamacare made to Medicare; and work to make health care tax-free.
"A good first step in this process would be for Congress to pass H.R. 371, the Health Care Choice Act, which I introduced last year. Allowing you to purchase health care insurance that fits your needs regardless of where you live is just the sort of cost-cutting, common sense health care reform that works.
"I believe Americans should have the freedom to make their own health care decisions. That's why my colleagues and I will keep working to repeal Obamacare, and work to restore the freedom intended and secured by our founding fathers."