Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Obamacare decision that upheld the majority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
"I am disappointed that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. This law takes away our rights as individuals to make choices about our finances and personal freedoms, like whether or not to buy insurance. I agree with the dissenters that the law is unconstitutional.
"Obamacare did not lower health insurance premiums. It in fact raises premiums and raises taxes. The President himself said this was not a tax. During debate in my committee and on the floor of the House, supporters continue to deny this is a tax, yet the Administration's defense of the bill and the Court's decision are on the basis that this is indeed a tax.
"The House will once again vote to repeal Obamacare, but the Senate will probably not even vote on such a measure. If repeal were successful, then we could start fresh with health care reforms that will lower the cost of health insurance, increase the number of insured, and put patients back in charge.
"Reforms that I could support would include associated health plans, which allow membership organizations to pool their members; allowing individuals to deduct the cost of insurance like a business can; allowing insurance to be sold across state lines; creating state and regional high risk pools; and passing medical liability reform."
Shimkus is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.