Congressman Kevin Yoder made the following statement today following the Supreme Court's ruling that the President's signature health care law can stand and is constitutional. In a complicated ruling, the court decided 5-4 that the entire Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, is upheld, with the exception that the federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds based on new expanded rules is limited. Based on the ruling, the Court did not have five votes to uphold the individual mandate as constitutional under the commerce clause of the Constitution. But five Justices agreed the penalty that someone must pay if they refuse to buy insurance is a tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power, and thus the law is constitutional.
"Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the President's health care law as constitutional. After hours of testimony, oral arguments and rigorous debate, the justices ultimately decided the legislation was within the scope of the powers granted to the federal government in the Constitution. The Court ruled the penalty for not buying insurance is permissible as a tax -- something this Administration adamantly told the American people it would not be.
"While I am disappointed with the court's decision, the Supreme Court ruling does not change the fact that this law is fundamentally flawed and unworkable. It will lower the quality, and increase the cost, of care for all Americans. It is a tremendous burden on small business and our struggling economic recovery, and we simply can't afford it. After today's decision, we must first repeal the administration's health care law, and begin bipartisan efforts to find bold solutions to our health care challenges that can reduce cost, improve the quality of care and ensure every American has health care access without a large federal takeover of our health care system. We can reduce the cost of care in the United States by eliminating expensive mandates, reducing administrative burdens, and capping frivolous medical liability lawsuits. We need to promote preventative care and reduce readmissions and hospitalizations. We need insurance reform -- it should be tax deductible for all Americans regardless of employment and it should be accessible across state lines. We need competition and choice.
"Today's court decision, while unfortunate, is but one chapter in the debate over how to improve our nation's health care system. In the coming days and weeks, I hope to work with members of both parties, as well as constituents, doctors and patients as we come together as to find solutions to the health care challenges that face our nation."