Today Rep. Calvert (R-CA) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling that the new health care law is largely upheld including the individual mandate which will become a tax.
"I am disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a majority of the Obamacare law, including the individual mandate, which the Supreme Court stated is a new tax on the American people. While the Supreme Court may have ruled that the individual mandate is constitutional, the American people understand that it is a bad idea. The law is an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government into the free market and individual freedom. With this decision, the path forward from here is clear. Congress must take it upon itself to repeal Obamacare, especially the individual mandate.
"President Obama used his liberal majority in the House and Senate to ram this law through Congress. I am committed to working with voters to elect conservative congressional majorities and a conservative President so we may repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense reforms that protect Americans' access to the care they need, and the doctor they choose, and at a lower cost, building upon the strengths of the American healthcare system.
"The one silver-lining is that the Supreme Court struck the requirement that states must participate in expanded Medicaid eligibility. States may choose if they participate based on their own fiscal realities and they cannot be penalized by the federal government for making a decision based on their bottom-line.
"The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the law, not on whether the law is good for the country. The bottom line is that Obamacare will continue to hurt our economy and create more uncertainty to the detriment of the American people. Ultimately, I believe this ruling will inspire the American people to change the leadership of our country that has led us down a path of bigger government, unchecked spending, more taxes and less freedom."