The Supreme Court is expected to release its decision regarding the constitutionality of ObamaCare before the end of next week. I'm sure most of you know this is a hugely controversial law that a majority of Americans want to see at least partially repealed and its implementation will affect one sixth of our entire economy. So obviously, many people are waiting for this announcement.
I have been strongly opposed to this law ever since it was first introduced and have joined my House Republican colleagues in voting to repeal and defund it 29 times since we regained control in 2011. In fact, one of the first actions we took in the 112th Congress was to fully repeal ObamaCare with H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.
Not a word has leaked from the Supreme Court so no one truly knows what will happen. Nor do we know when it will be announced exactly -- just that it is expected some time before the end of June. That has left a lot of room for speculation as far as what will be decided. While there could be a variety of results from the decision by the Supreme Court, there are three general decisions that could be made:
The law is declared constitutional.
The law is declared constitutional, but the individual mandate within the law is declared unconstitutional. The majority of the law will remain intact, minus the mandate.
The law is declared fully unconstitutional.
There has also been a lot of speculation about what happens next once the decision is announced. Let me tell you what you can expect from House Republicans.
For starters, even if they rule the law unconstitutional in full, House Republicans will still push to fully repeal ObamaCare. The law will still be on the books and a vote to repeal will reaffirm the Court's decision. If the Court strikes down the mandate but not the law in its entirety, 99% of ObamaCare remains intact. There is no way to fix this completely broken law. So even if the mandate is struck down, House Republicans will push to fully repeal the law. Finally, if the law is upheld, House Republicans will continue to fight to fully repeal the legislation in Congress. Unfortunately, we are just one half of one third of the federal government. In order to truly have a chance at repeal if the Supreme Court ignores the Constitution and upholds this law, we must take back the Senate and the White House in the November elections.
Once we have completely removed ObamaCare from the books, Republicans will not make the same mistake Congressional Democrats and the White House made by rushing into health care reform. This is something we must get right -- and the only way to do that is to take the time to implement real and necessary reforms that improve our health care system without bankrupting our economy. For example, through the tax code, the federal government can encourage people to purchase health insurance that is best for them rather than giving preferential treatment to employer-sponsored insurance. Also, we could amend laws to allow Americans to buy the same plans available to residents in other states, which could cut costs by providing more choice. In addition, things like tort reform and transparency could reduce the cost of health care overall.
I will send out a statement as soon as the decision is announced with links to the opinion, so please continue to check my website. In addition, I will send out an update to those who subscribe to my E-Newsletter. If you don't receive it, you can sign up for it here. Also, if you don't already, I would encourage you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I will also be posting the decisions there.