Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) issued the following statement on the SCOTUS's healthcare ruling on Obamacare, which upholds the individual mandate as a tax:
"I am extremely disappointed in today's Supreme Court decision, but I am far more disturbed by the fact that the President willfully misled the nation by saying the individual mandate was not a tax. Time and time again he sought to assure the American people that this bill would not raise taxes on the middle class, yet this is the very argument the President's team used to uphold the law.
"President Obama has pulled the wool over the eyes of the American people and broke a fundamental promise by imposing on us one of the largest middle class tax increases in the history of the country. He cannot have it both ways. At a time when millions of American are out of work, he and the Democrats who fought hard for this economy-crushing tax, must be held accountable.
"In light of this decision, I'm more resolute than ever in my commitment to fully repeal this tax on our nation's hard-working families and the small businesses that we need to grow and create jobs. The last thing our fragile economy needs is another devastating tax in the form of an unsustainable healthcare reform law which has already increased premiums, limited access, and reduced the quality of care for patients.
"I remain committed to reforming our nation's healthcare system the correct way, by taking a patient-based, step-by-step approach to lower costs, expand access, and preserve the highest quality of care possible."