This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision in NFIB vs. Sebelius, ruling that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is constitutional.
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"When President Obama was promoting health care reform, he repeatedly maintained that the penalty for failing to purchase insurance was not a tax. Today, the only way the Supreme Court could establish the constitutionality of that law was by declaring that the individual mandate is a tax. The President told the American people it was not a tax, but his lawyers argued the opposite in court.
"The court has ruled that the federal government can tax people for not doing something. This is unprecedented. It begs the question of whether the government can tax individuals for not eating healthy or not buying the right kind of car.
"We have to remember that the President's health care law did nothing to fix the most broken parts of our health care system: the government entitlements currently driving our deficits. In fact, he took $575 billion out of Medicare to pay for new entitlements contained in the law.
"I'm deeply concerned that the law will make our private health insurance system even more dysfunctional than it already was. We needed reform, and instead we got a maze of federal taxes, subsidies and regulations that are driving up the cost of health care. Full repeal is the only way to get real reform."