U.S. Representative Glenn "GT' Thompson, who spent nearly three decades as a professional in a non-profit healthcare setting prior to being elected to Congress, today issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of certain provisions of President Obama's 2010 health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), namely the "individual mandate."
"Regardless of the court's ruling on the constitutionality of the President's so-called Affordable Care Act, the law remains just as fundamentally flawed and unaffordable as the day it was signed into law," said Thompson. "Unfortunately, this decision further empowers the Administration to move forward with contentious provisions that will limit patient choice, cut programs that benefit senior populations, and place an additional tax burden upon small businesses, state governments and the American taxpayer."
Thompson voted to oppose the ACA when the bill passed the U.S. House on November 10, 2009. One of the few members of Congress who actually read the entire bill, Thompson expressed serious concerns about the policies contained there within. "I came to Washington to help address some of our health care problems and I believe that any changes should include better access, affordability, quality and patient choice. As I read through this bill, my conclusion was that the bill actually made each of those things worse rather than better," Thompson stated following the vote.
In a March 30, 2012 Op-ed, Thompson outlined his opposition to the law, from "increased taxes, looming regulations and a slew of broken promises, from fictitious cost controls to limitations on consumer choice," marking the two year anniversary of the ACA. "While the court's decision is yet to be made, the verdict has already been cast by the countless American families and small businesses that simply cannot afford the Affordable Care Act," Thompson added.
Since passage of the ACA, Thompson has worked to advance health care reforms that reduce cost and expand access, without sacrificing quality and innovation. Thompson has voiced his support for certain provisions under the ACA, including the elimination of excluding those with pre-existing conditions from insurance plans, allowing adult dependents up to 26 years of age to remain on their parent's insurance plans, and the expansion of low-cost clinics into underserved areas, which he believes all should be included in future legislative efforts to repeal and replace the law.