Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-07) released the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court upheld the trillion-dollar Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also referred to as Obamacare, passed by Congress in 2009.
"Today's decision is a win for Big Government and a loss for Wisconsin families and job creators. This law is an aggressive and unwarranted intrusion of government into our lives. Obamacare fails to fulfill any of its original promises, heaping massive debt on America, imposing stiff penalties on small businesses which will kill jobs, and actually causing health care costs to rise. Furthermore, this law puts unelected government bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions rather than individuals and families.
"The Supreme Court confirmed the so-called individual "mandate" is nothing more than a massive tax on the American people and on job creators. Congress does have the power to tax -- and in this case, Obamacare heaps taxes on everything from small businesses, to medical devices, to the average middle class American.
"We all agree that Health Care reform is necessary in this country, but I believe that we should work to replace Obamacare with a consumer-based approach that uses market reforms to make health care affordable again. That's why I introduced legislation last year, H.R. 3682, that would be used as a starting point for discussions moving forward. My bill allows people to purchase health insurance across state lines, ends junk lawsuits, allows small businesses to pool together to offer health insurance, and empowers patients with meaningful data on cost and quality so they are better equipped to make good decisions about their health care. My plan also covers individuals with pre-existing medical conditions and keeps kids on their parents' insurance after college.
"I would still support a full repeal of this job-killing law and would push for a replacement that takes bureaucrats out of our doctors' offices and makes healthcare more affordable for all."