Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today issues the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the president's health care law:
While I respect the Court's decision, it doesn't change the fact that the health care law's policy is flawed and remains very unpopular with the majority of Americans. The 2,700 page law was imprudently crafted in a way which threatens good private coverage, robs $500 billion from seniors, and leaves in its wake a legacy of debt for our children and grandchildren.
I remain opposed to the $29 billion new tax on medical device innovation which threatens 10% of a workforce that accounts for over 432,000 American jobs.
Americans deserve a government that works together towards meaningful health care reform. Unfortunately, today's ruling does not bring us closer to that goal, and only says that Americans must now face a choice between either paying a massive new tax or higher insurance premiums. I will continue working to find common sense, patient-centered solutions that actually lower health care costs for families and small businesses.
Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. He is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus and the U.S.--Korea Free Trade Working Group.
For more information on Rep. Paulsen's work in Congress, and for past segments of Erik's Correspondence Corner, please visit www.paulsen.house.gov.