U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the individual mandate and most of the Affordable Care Act.
"I voted against this law three years ago, and I have voted to repeal it a half-dozen times since then. It represents a sweeping expansion of government power, an invasion into the personal freedoms of private citizens, a $500 billion cut to Medicare and a trillion-dollar tax on the American people," Emerson said.
"The Supreme Court has determined that the individual mandate is not permissible under the Commerce Clause, but can remain standing because of the power of Congress to tax. This is a law Congress made and a law Congress can repeal. If the Court agrees that the Congress has the power to tax, then we must cut this tax."
Already, the Affordable Care Act has spawned 6,000 pages of regulations, just a fraction of the size of the total number of rules and reports the law requires over ten years.
"I support a fresh start on reform to do the things this law cannot -- like lower costs for patients, expand private coverage, and bring more competition to the marketplace. As a nation, we have higher per capita costs for health care than nearly every country in the world, but our health outcomes are average. There is room for commonsense in this argument, but we cannot use the ACA as the foundation for any future reform. This law, in total, just doesn't work," Emerson said.
Emerson says the next steps for Congress are clear. "We've got to finish the job. Complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act, restore $500 billion in funding for Medicare, and lift this burden from the shoulders of taxpayers and small businesses."