Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D. (NY-19) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the 2010 health care law. Hayworth, a member of the House Doctors Caucus and the only female physician voting Member of Congress, has steadfastly supported repeal and replacement of the law.
"Today's Supreme Court decision does not change the fact that the massive 2010 government health care takeover harms, rather than helps, our patients, doctors, hospitals, and other providers. It imposes nearly $2 trillion worth of bureaucracy and excessive regulation; it has caused health insurance premiums to increase for families struggling to make ends meet; and it raises taxes at a time when we should be lowering them.
"Instead, we need to put the patient, not the government, at the center of our health care. We must have a better plan to assure that all Americans have affordable, portable health insurance and consistent access to good care, and to enable every American to benefit from the quality, innovation, and choice that have made our health care the best in the world.
"I will continue to apply the knowledge I've gained in medical practice and as the Representative for the Hudson Valley to repeal the 2010 law and pass common-sense, consumer-driven reforms that will free our patients and their families to make their own decisions about their health care; free our doctors, hospitals, and other providers to do their best without being tied up in government red tape; and free our innovators to create the advances that will help all of us to live longer, healthier lives."