In a shocking strike against individual freedoms, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the controversial ObamaCare law. Congressman Westmoreland has opposed the legislation since its inception, voting against it each time it was voted on in Congress and voting to repeal and/or cut funding to it 30 times. Below is his statement on today's announcement.
"I am shocked and appalled by the Supreme Court's decision. This is a terrible law that most certainly oversteps the authority vested in the federal government by the Constitution. Health care decisions should be made by you and your doctor -- not nameless, faceless bureaucrats in Washington. The government has no business rationing your health care or mandating that you purchase health insurance. And the Supreme Court has no business upholding a law that does just that.
"When thinking about my response to this terrible decision by the Supreme Court, I considered listing all the negative aspects of the law to reiterate my point about how harmful this law is. But then I realized if I did that, it would take a 2,700 page press release.
"You know, this isn't just about health care. It's also about what limitations the Constitution places on the federal government. And with their decision today, the Supreme Court has struck down the long-standing opinion of most Americans that the federal government does in fact have constitutional limitations on its authority. Just because President Obama and Congressional Democrats think you should purchase health insurance, doesn't mean they can force you to do that. The federal government does not know what's best for you and your family. And the president shouldn't be such a know-it-all to assume that he does.
"Now, more than ever, Congress must act to repeal this harmful law. Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats and President Obama are determined to implement socialized medicine in this country, no matter the cost. That's why it is more important than ever that we take back the White House and the Senate in the upcoming November elections. Until then, Congressional Democrats and the president will continue to put up every block they can to keep this horrible law in place.
"I want to reassure everyone in Georgia's Third Congressional District that I will not take this decision lying down. Over the next few days I will be working closely with my colleagues in Congress to determine the best steps we should take next to get rid of this law before it hurts more American families and small businesses.
"Today's decision illustrates the important role the Supreme Court plays in our government and why the Framers put checks and balances into the Constitution. It also serves as a reminder of why it is so important to elect a new president in November. This president has used his two appointments to place extremely liberal justices on the Court who would rather legislate from the bench rather than follow the rule of law established in the Constitution. And now, those two appointments make up the difference between this law rightfully being ruled unconstitutional and the Court's announcement that it will be upheld," stated Westmoreland.