Representative Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that that the health care reform law, including the individual mandate, is constitutional:
"Although I am disappointed and disagree strongly with the Supreme Court's decision, by cementing the limitations set by the Commerce Clause, the justices asserted that it's not their responsibility to fix the bad policy decisions of Congress. Therefore, it is with strengthened resolve that I look forward to continuing the fight for a full repeal of this destructive law.
"I subscribe to the belief that what may be legally permissible is not necessarily morally right. When the President looked the American people in the eye and promised his health care reform law would not raise taxes, it was a flat out falsehood. We now know that his law will do exactly that. I am confident that the American people will not settle for having our personal freedoms diminished or our founding principles dissolved. I am eager to repeal this immoral law and replace it with common sense, market-based reforms that expand access to quality, affordable health care without expanding the size and scope of the federal government."