U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
"The Supreme Court of the United States has now spoken and declared that the Affordable Health Care Act is constitutional under the taxing power of the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court was established as the final arbiter of the constitutionality of laws over 200 years ago in the case of Marbury v. Madison in 1803. The decision, while I disagree with it, therefore must be respected by all.
Notwithstanding its constitutionality, the Affordable Care Act remains ill-conceived, overly broad and burdensome for American taxpayers. The goal was to lower health care costs and expand access and I believe it does neither. Indeed, many private employers have already dropped coverage for individuals. Nor does the law do anything to incentivize preventive health care, one of the most important ways to lower health care costs. Further, the taxing provisions will act as another disincentive to job creation at a time we are already on the brink of recession.
The goal of health care reform is something most of us can agree on. The process, however, has been deeply flawed from the point of passing a 2,000-page behemoth of a law in the dead of night, a law we had less than 24 hours to digest and on which we were not allowed to offer amendments.
"Next month we will again have the opportunity to repeal this law and clear the way for a patient-centered, market-driven reform that lowers costs, increases choice and lets people keep the health care they want.
While time and the American people will provide the final judgment on the Affordable Care Act, I fear the precedent this ruling makes. I fear this continuing pattern of intrusiveness, the invasion of what should be our private choices and the erosion of personal responsibility that is the inevitable result. I will continue to work for laws and reforms that will reverse those trends."