Today, Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the President's healthcare law:
"I have long believed that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2011 was an unconstitutional overreach by the President. ObamaCare is a violation of our individual rights and an expansion of federal government power our nation's founders would have found unfathomable.
"The Supreme Court, which has the responsibility of interpreting the law, found this overreach acceptable as a tax. While I do not agree, I respect its authority to make this interpretation.
"Since day one, the Obama Administration has denied that his law was a tax on the American people. Yet, the Obama Administration will claim victory, when all this law does is assess a greater financial burden on hardworking American families and small business owners.
"ObamaCare puts government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, hurts small businesses and creates trillions in new government spending that will add a huge new weight to our already overloaded deficit.
"We need to get back to work on repealing this "tax' and reforming our healthcare system. These reforms must be focused on protecting patient access to the care they need from the doctor they choose."
The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the law is constitutional.
The House has scheduled a vote on the full repeal of ObamaCare during the week of July 9.