Chabot Expresses Disappointment in SCOTUS Health Care Ruling

Statement

By:  Steve Chabot
Date: June 28, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

The Supreme Court of the United States upheld President Obama's signature health care law today. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 setting into motion new taxes and penalties placing a burden totaling more than $500 billion on the hard-working taxpayers.

"Today the high Court handed down a very disappointing ruling that upheld President Obama's far left health care law," Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) said. "This decision sets a dangerous precedent for even further government intrusion into our lives and personal freedoms and must provide even greater incentive for conservatives to band together in support of a full repeal of this disastrous law."

As our economy continues to struggle, the health care law will have a tremendous impact on American job creators. The law disproportionally burdens small businesses with additional red tape, paperwork, and higher taxes to the tune of a half-trillion dollars. Further, the employer mandate could cause the elimination of 1.6 million jobs, over half of which would come from small businesses.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. is a small, family-run business in Colerain Township with over 70 years of experience manufacturing pneumatic valves, cylinders and fittings.

"Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. presently offers our employees high quality health care insurance," said company Vice-President Bob Clippard. "The advent of Obamacare would mean a forced reduction in benefits. Our current self-funded health insurance trust, high deductible insurance plan, is coupled with health savings accounts (HSAs). Obamacare would eliminate HSAs and force major and expensive changes to our plan. As an employer we would have no reasonable alternatives but to terminate our healthcare benefits, pay a penalty per employee to the government and force our employees to enroll in the government rationed and regulated healthcare system. Our employees might pay somewhat less but they would get a whole lot less healthcare."

"Today's decision must not be the end of the battle," Rep. Chabot said. "I have voted to repeal Obamacare and I will continue to work to do so. This hastily-crafted, politically-motivated law must be overturned and replaced with common-sense reforms to remedy our broken health care system."