U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today in response to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Like many Americans, I am extremely disappointed by today's decision. The president's health care law was essentially and regrettably upheld. While I respect the Court's ruling, I do believe it was wrongly decided. I do not believe the federal government is empowered by the Constitution to mandate the purchase of health insurance and I continue to believe that the president's health care law is bad for our nation's health and bad for our nation's future.
"We must never forget that the president's health care law increases health care costs, cuts more than $500 billion from Medicare, forces people who like their current private insurance into exchanges, threatens quality of care, and assaults religious freedom, while also making it harder for small businesses to hire more workers during the weakest recovery since the Great Depression.
"Instead of spending two years engineering a government takeover of health care, the president should have worked with Congress -- both Democrats and Republicans -- to enact policies that will grow our economy and create wealth and jobs for all Americans.
"For these reasons, House Republicans have already voted 30 times to repeal, defund, or dismantle parts of the law. I stand ready to once again vote to repeal what the Supreme Court left standing. For the sake of our freedom, our health care, our families, and our economy, the president's health care law must be eliminated in its entirety.
"I look forward to the next Congress, where Republicans can work with a new president to enact step-by-step reforms that are patient-centered and will make health care more affordable for Americans."