I was disappointed in today's ruling because of the health care law's failure to address our biggest health care challenges, as well as the expansion of federal power this decision implies.
Two years after the massive government health care bill was passed, families and seniors are still grappling with skyrocketing health care costs. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report shows that Americans will continue paying higher health insurance premiums while having fewer plans to choose from. The Supreme Court's decision won't help folks gain greater access to coverage or lower health care costs in this difficult economy. I still support repealing and replacing this bill with solutions that will empower patients, and put them at the center of their health care.
Unfortunately, concerns over the bill's impact on our economy continue. This court case was brought forth by the National Federation of Independent Business -- America's leading voice for small businesses -- due to law's negative impacts on those job creators. I won't take my eyes off of Southwest Washington's need for economic recovery and jobs.
I have always believed that people deserve access to quality health care that meets their needs, from a doctor they choose, at a price they can afford. Those are things I've fought for since my days as a state legislator. Today's events only solidify my commitment to patient-centered solutions that make health care affordable."