Congressman Geoff Davis made the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
"Though the Supreme Court's decision is disappointing, it does not change the underlying truths of the President's health care law.
"The law has neither reduced costs nor improved choice or care available to Americans. The health care law is "paid for' with half a trillion dollars in new taxes and another $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. It punishes Americans who do not obtain "acceptable' health insurance and penalizes employers that do not offer it. It outsources Medicare decisions to an unelected rationing board, interferes in the patient-doctor relationship, and threatens consumers with fewer options and higher premiums. Even though Americans will not feel the full brunt of its impact until 2014, the law has already proven to be a nightmare.
"We cannot mistake the Court's ruling for an evaluation of effective, commonsense policy. While the Supreme Court judged the health care law's constitutionality, the American people and actuarial experts have already judged its quality -- that it is a disaster for patients, small businesses and future generations of Americans.
"Congress must redouble its efforts to repeal the health care law so we can start anew on reforms that will increase patient access and quality of care while reducing costs."